Young Men and Peer Fighting in Solo, Indonesia

Nilan, Pam and Demartoto, Argyo and Agung, Wibowo (2011) Young Men and Peer Fighting in Solo, Indonesia. SAGE Journals, 14 (4). pp. 470-490.

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    This article considers peer fighting between lower middle-class Javanese schoolboys with a view to describing the masculine habitus referenced in local collective violence. Acknowledging the long history of heroic warfare and factionalism in Java, the data points to the pleasurable sense of oneself as a kind of warrior fighting with a band of brothers. Four important points emerge about contemporary youthful masculinities here. First, peer fighting is a temporally bounded activity that ends with the school-to-work transition, thus bearing out Messerschmidt’s argument. Second, alcohol plays an important role in amplifying peer conflicts and honor disputes. Third, getting a girlfriend demands the expression of a different kind of masculine habitus from that operationalized in peer fighting. Finally, Muslim school-boy youth squads (geng[s]) are intense formations for the construction of warrior masculinities, employing extensive imagery from the field of global Islamist struggle in battles with boys from secular and Christian schools.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat - LPPM
    Depositing User: Anis Fagustina
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2014 17:39
    Last Modified: 03 May 2014 17:39

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