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Title: ‘Cukup for me to be successful in this country’: ‘staying’ among left-behind young women in Indonesia's migrant-sending villages
Authors: Somaiah, BC 
Yeoh, BSA 
Arlini, SM 
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2019
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Somaiah, BC, Yeoh, BSA, Arlini, SM (2019-01-01). ‘Cukup for me to be successful in this country’: ‘staying’ among left-behind young women in Indonesia's migrant-sending villages. Global Networks. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: © 2019 The Authors. Global Networks published by Global Networks Partnership and John Wiley & Sons Ltd By examining the aspirations of young, rural Indonesian women who, unlike their parents, want to stay behind rather than migrate for work, we look at how these women's experiences of feeling left-behind affect their quests for alternative futures. Using a household relational lens, we employ the mediating concept of enough (cukup) to analyse the aspirations of young women wishing to remain at home. By focusing on their commitment to inter-generational continuity and care rather than a lack of choice, we are able to offset the discourses associated with the culture of migration and its accompanying remittance euphoria. Our findings showed three main reasons for their choice. First, these young women pursue remittance-funded higher education as a counter to parental sacrifice. Second, staying allows them both to provide the hands-on care they themselves were denied as children and to pursue meaningful local careers. Third, the idea that migration has been ‘enough’ is a rational response to the social risks with which migration confronts a family.
Source Title: Global Networks
ISSN: 1470-2266
DOI: 10.1111/glob.12238
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