Translocal subjectivities within households ‘in flux’ in Indonesia

This paper draws upon fieldwork conducted in the migrant-sending area of Ponorogo between 2014 and 2016

Abstract

This paper draws upon fieldwork conducted in the migrant-sending area of Ponorogo, Indonesia between 2014 and 2016. It incorporates the concept of ‘global householding’ while also using a translocal perspective to recognise both the mobilities and immobilities associated with migration. A translocal approach as explicated by Brickell and Datta rejects the privileging of transnational mobility, and is equally as interested in local-local connections. In places such as Ponorogo, where migration and remittances are especially critical to the socioeconomic fabric of the community, immobile actors are often beholden to the same translocal subjectivities experienced by their mobile counterparts. Hence this paper focuses upon the issue of translocality as a means to reconceptualise notions of ‘movers’ and ‘stayers’ as a more fluid continuum that is inherently linked to the ‘in flux’ nature of households in migrant-sending areas such as Ponorogo. Using 3 cases studies of husband/wife dyads, the authors contemplate how a translocal perspective elucidates the ways in which men and women’s migration trajectories – both real and imagined, local and overseas – are constantly renegotiated.

This paper is published under the Migrating out of Poverty programme, which is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Citation

Maria Platt, Khoo Choon Yen, Brenda SA Yeoh, Gavin Luymes and Theodora Lam Translocal subjectivities within households ‘in flux’ in Indonesia. Migrating out of Poverty RPC Working Paper No. 46. Migrating out of Poverty Consortium, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (2016) 27 pp.

Translocal subjectivities within households ‘in flux’ in Indonesia

Published 1 October 2016