Transcendence of Female Coffee Farmer Heads of Household in the Village: The Shift from ‘the Other’ to ‘the Self'

Authors : Fidela Dzatadini Wahyudi; Jabal Tarik Ibrahim; Vina Salviana Darvina Soedarwo; Oman Sukmana

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 10 - October

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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.


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