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Title: Temporal emotion work, gender and aspirations of left-behind youth in Indonesian migrant-sending villages
Authors: Somaiah, Bittiandra Chand 
Yeoh, Brenda S. A. 
Keywords: aspirations
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2021
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Somaiah, Bittiandra Chand, Yeoh, Brenda S. A. (2021-07-12). Temporal emotion work, gender and aspirations of left-behind youth in Indonesian migrant-sending villages. Journal of Youth Studies. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: This paper explores the temporalities and emotions of youth left-behind by migrant parents by using Jennifer Lois’ temporal emotion work as an analytical lens to foreground youth’s management of conflicting feelings by reworking particular experiences of time. We extend Lois’ concepts of ‘sequencing’ (strategic ordering of emotions and time) and ‘savouring’ (intentional maximizing of specific times) to include a contextualized, gendered angle, while also engaging with the additional concept of ‘supressing’. The work draws on qualitative interviews conducted in 2017 with left-behind youth from migrant households from rural migrant-sending villages in two districts in Java, Indonesia. By highlighting youth’s shifting temporal emotions and how aspirations and experiences of left-behindness are affected, our research reveals gendered strategies of temporal emotion work. Young women enact ‘sequencing’ and ‘savouring’, aspiring to stay as a means of restorative, temporal-emotional justice for their families. Conversely, young men are more inclined to enact the ‘suppressing’ of emotions while aspiring for migration. Among a generation that has grown up in the wake of parental migration, most youth conform to traditional gendered scripts within an older culture of masculinized circular migration. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Source Title: Journal of Youth Studies
ISSN: 1367-6261
DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2021.1952170
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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