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New publication: Marrying Young in Indonesia: Voices, Laws and Practices

New edited volume by Mies Grijns (VVI), Hoko Horii (KITLV/VVI), Sulistyowati Irianto (Universitas Indonesia) and Pinky Saptandari (Airlangga University).

This book is the outcome of a workshop in Jakarta on child marriage research in  Indonesia: twelve chapters that complement studies of contemporary child marriage in Indonesia. It includes fieldwork material from different regions: South Sulawesi; South and West Sumatra; West Nusa Tenggara; West, Central and East Java; and DI Yogyakarta. 

The book offers a new perspective on child marriage by presenting everyday practices instead of focusing on stereotypical and sensational cases, that are widely shared on social media. In-depth research shows the agency of young women and its limits, operating in a socioeconomic context that affects child marriage practices in different regions. Local actors such as regional bureaucrats, judges, religious leaders, (step)parents and young people themselves play dynamic roles in changing or sustaining the practice of child marriage. 

Mies Grijns

The book aims to inspire more activists, academics and policymakers towards informing and supporting adolescents in their choices and protecting them - if necessary! - from negative consequences of forced and early marriage.

The book is published by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, see:  https://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/publication/2416. The Indonesian version is published in 2019 by Obor. The English version will be released on January 30, 2020 (at YouBeDo.com or via Amazon UK).


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