New publication: Marrying young in Indonesia: Voices, laws and practices

New edited volume by Mies Grijns (Leiden University), Hoko Horii (KITLV/Leiden University), Sulistyowati Irianto (Universitas Indonesia) and Pinky Saptandari (Airlangga University): Marrying young in Indonesia: Voices, laws and practices / Menikah muda di Indonesia: Suara, hukum, dan praktik.

“Stop child marriage” is a growing movement in Indonesia since the early 2010s. Child marriage, in this context, means marriage involving anybody under the age of 18. Women’s rights and child rights are at the centre of this movement. Both Indonesian and international organisations oppose marriages under the age of 18, trying to develop strategies to counter the wrongs and abuses they have observed.

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

This book offers a new perspective on child marriage by presenting everyday practices instead of focusing on stereotypical and sensational cases. In-depth research enables micro-level analysis of the socioeconomic context that affects child marriage practices in different regions. Local actors such as regional bureaucrats, judges, religious leaders, parents and young people themselves play dynamic roles in changing or sustaining the practice of child marriage.

This collection of interdisciplinary research provides an excellent background for debates and discourses on child marriage at the national and international level. This book aims to inspire more activists, academics and policy makers towards informing and supporting adolescents in their choices and protecting them, when necessary, from the reality and negative consequences of forced and early marriages.

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Indonesian version.

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