Universitas Indonesia Conferences, The 8th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Revisiting State Ibuism: Social Reproduction among Modern Indonesian Family
Mochammad Arief Wicaksono

Last modified: 2022-06-06


The Family Welfare Development Organization/Pembinaan Kesejahteraan Keluarga (PKK) has a long history in Indonesian families. This government program places women, family, and domestic affairs as the targets of government programs since the New Order regime until now, which was then conceptualized in the concept of State Ibuism. This paper will examine how this concept works in Indonesian family culture in today's democratic era. I argue that women and their families are no longer just targets of government development programs, but instruments of the State itself in carrying out development. In this case, women are the spearhead who must struggle in modernity in the fields of health and public welfare. The small wages that women receive in government programs through the PKK are in fact abstract wages from their real work.

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