Social Control of Women’s Body as Cultural-Political Legitimation in “Putri Cina” Novel

Authors

  • Resa Sartika Universitas Sebelas Maret
  • Dwi Susanto Universitas Sebelas Maret
  • Prasetyo Adi Wisnu Wibowo Universitas Sebelas Maret

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21512/humaniora.v12i2.6972

Keywords:

social control, discrimination, female body, cultural legitimation, political legitimation

Abstract

The research aimed to describe the depiction of the female body’s domination as a form of political-cultural legitimacy raised in Sindhunata’s work entitled Putri Cina. Michel Foucault’s theory of discourse was applied as the approach to reveal how sexuality was closely related to power practices. The discourse presented in the novel was dissected by qualitative methods, descriptive qualitative, and interpretative data analysis techniques. The results show that the two main characters of this novel are Chinese women who experienced oppression in Java. The existence of a cultural identity crisis, abjection, passivity, and not subversion represents the figure of alienated women. This perspective is intertwined with how indigenous men perceive Chinese women figures. Sindhunata describes the unequal construction of sexuality between men and women and the discrimination of the Chinese race as repeated during the kingdom era, pre-independence, to the New Order era. 

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Plum Analytics

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