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This paper provides a reflective overview of studies of Indonesian youth. The main part is organised around a number of key ideas about youth, in three main sections, on ‘youth as generation’, ‘youth as transition’, and ‘youth as makers and consumers of culture’.
This article examines resilience and coping behaviours of adolescent girls from rural Indramayu (West Java) who entered (but also resisted entering) the sex trade. It explores how they perceive and experience oppression, and pinpoints aspects of their agency in the face of dire circumstances. It...
This article investigates young men's experiences in a recently introduced mode of transport, called ojeg (motorcycle taxi), in an urban island town. The paper explores questions of how the social and spatial dynamics of ojeg drivers, who are linked to different types of ojeg stations...
This article explores how young Muslim women make the transition from school to work in the industrial town of Cilegon, in Banten, Indonesia. As Cilegon's economy is shifting from manufacturing industries towards trade and services, job opportunities for young men in heavy industries is...
A majority of youth in tertiary education in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, are migrants from other districts. This paper presents results from a small survey of these migrant youth. Most of the students came from lower-middle-class families. Both lower- and lower-middle-class youth have...
Kawin lari is a form of socially sanctioned elopement whereby a young woman is ostensibly ‘stolen’ from her natal home by a man who wishes to become her husband. It remains a popular method for entering marriage in Lombok. Typically, the marriage is later formalised under Islam. This paper...
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