Siti Kusujiarti is a professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina. She is the author of numerous publications on rural poverty, inequality, gender, work, and development.
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Women’s status in rural Java can appear contradictory to those both inside and outside the culture. In some ways, women have high status and broad access to resources, but other situations suggest that Javanese women lack real power and autonomy. Javanese women have major responsibilities in supporting their families and controlling household finances. They may also own and manage their own property.
“(Tickamyer and Kusujiarti) provide a captivating insider/outsider perspective on everyday life and social change in two Central Javanese villages. Based on quantitative and qualitative fieldwork from the mid-1990s up till 2010, their book should become the essential source for understanding gender in rural Java.”