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Title: A paradox of women representatives in a Muslim patriarchy and matrilineal society in West Sumatra, Indonesia 
Author: Selinaswati
Date: 2007
Abstract: The thesis examines the impact of a tradition of matrilinealism on the political participation of women in West Sumatra, Indonesia. West Sumatra has an ethnic group, the Minangkabau, which has a matrilineal tradition that provides more opportunities for women in terms of public activities. The data shows the number of female legislators is on average. This contradicts the assumption that women in a matrilineal society have higher status than their counterparts in patriarchal regions.

By using interviews and observations of fifteen female representatives in four provinces in Indonesia, the results indicate that most successful female politicians have male relatives, have highly motivation, and often face discrimination in their efforts to get elected. Their service in the Parliament is challenging due to the male domination as well as their inadequate relationship with women activists outside of the Parliament. But the matrilinealism means that compared to female politicians in other provinces, Minangkabau female politicians can publicly voice their opinions in media.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 82-86). xi, 86 leaves, bound ill., maps 29 cm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20896
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Keywords: Women legislators -- Indonesia -- Sumatera Barat, Women -- Political activity -- Indonesia -- Sumatera Barat, Sumatera Barat (Indonesia)

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