Gender Relations in an Indonesian Society

Bugis Practices of Sexuality and Marriage


Gender Relations in an Indonesian Society offers a comprehensive ethnography of Bugis marriage through an exploration of gender identity and sexuality in this bilateral, highly competitive, hierarchical society.

Nurul Ilmi Idrus considers the fundamental concept of siriq (honour; shame) in relation to gender socialization, courtship, sex within marriage, the regulation of sexuality between genders, the importance of kinship and status in marriage, and the dynamics of marriage, divorce, and reconciliation. This analysis considers the practical combination of Islamic tenets with local adat (custom; customary law) and the effect of contemporary Indonesia’s national ideology on cultural practices specific to Bugis society.

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Nurul Ilmi Idrus is Professor of Anthropology at Hasanuddin University, Indonesia. She has published a number of articles on Indonesia, including ‘Dissolution of Marriage: Gender, State and Islam in Contemporary Bugis Society in South Sulawesi, Indonesia’ in Intersections 30 (2012).
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Chapter I: Introduction
Chapter II: Siri’, Gender and Sexuality
Chapter III: Asseajingeng: Marriage, Family and Social Status
Chapter IV: Assikalaibinéngeng: The Couple, the House and the Household
Chapter V: Beliefs and Sexual Manners: Islam, Lontara’ and Everyday Practices
Chapter VI: Marriage, Divorce and Reconciliation: between Islamic Court and Customary Law
Chapter VII: Family Dynamics in Urban Life: Violence, Media and the State
Chapter VIII: The Ethnography of Marriage: Understanding Bugis Domestic Life

Researchers in the fields of Southeast Asian Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, and the study of marriage.