In coffee plantation culture, patriarchal
constructs position male coffee farmers as the primary
subjects, relegating female coffee farmers to a secondary
status. This subordinate position of female coffee
farmers becomes even more pronounced within the
institution of marriage. However, this reality mostly
pertains to female coffee farmers who still live with their
husbands. This research aims to analyze the process of
transcendence or the shift of female coffee farmers from
being viewed as the other to asserting themselves as the
self within the domain of coffee plantations. The study
employs a qualitative approach using phenomenology
and incorporates Beauvoir's concept of transcendence.
Findings from this study reveal that there are
adjustments in the division of labor when women
become heads of households and transition to the self.
From these adjustments, it's evident that female coffee
farmers can take on some tasks that were previously
more entrusted to men. Nevertheless, there remain
certain tasks uniquely reserved for male coffee farmers
that cannot be replaced. In terms of social
transformation, not much changes when female coffee
farmers become the self. However, they have greater
autonomy in selecting community groups that offer more
benefits to them.
Keywords : Female Coffee Farmers; Female Heads of Household, the Other; the Self.