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Caged in on the Outside – Moral Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Islam in Minangkabau, Indonesia - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Caged in on the Outside: Moral Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Islam in Minangkabau, Indonesia

Gregory M. Simon


The moral practices and concepts that circulate in Minangkabau society in West Sumatra, Indonesia articulate and help manage tensions between conflicting values and conflicting experiences of selfhood, particularly the tension between social integration and individual autonomy. The book examines these tensions ethnographically in multiple arenas: the structure of the city of Bukittinggi and its economic life, the nature of Minangkabau ethnic identity, the etiquette of everyday interactions, conceptions of the self and its boundaries, hidden spaces of personal identity, and engagements with Isl ... More

Keywords: morality, subjectivity, self, Islam, Indonesia, Minangkabau, West Sumatra, autonomy, social integration, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838300
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory M. Simon, author
Pierce College