PhD candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen. Research project: Sociological and Religious Behavior of Javanese Society Towards Marriage. Supervisors: Prof. dr. Karin van Nieuwkerk and Dr. Wening Udasmoro
This project focuses on the construction of the meaning of marriage within the context of Javanese society, and describes the spouse relationship within family arrangement (household) and the generating impact of the meaning of marriage towards the rising number of divorces in East Javanese society, particularly in the research location (Malang). This research will apply sociological, gender and Islamic law approaches.
This research aims at exploring the perception of Muslim Javanese society in Malang regency (represented by three sub-cultures) of the meaning of marriage, and examines behavior towards the practise of marriage. Perception and behavior towards the practise of marriage indirectly may influence the practice of unregistered marriage, early marriage and divorce cases among the three main subculture societies in Malang which are Arekan, Mataraman and Pandalungan community. This research will outline sociological cluster on marriage practices which derives from the cultural constructive understanding and perception among those three sub-cultures' communities. It will describe the existing marriage practice and what people perceive about marriage in a particular Muslim society in sociological and antropological perspective. It will also point out the function of family personally and socially for individuals within these sub-cultures.