Mrs Lisa Colquhoun1
1University Of Newcastle, , Australia
During August 2018, the small island of Lombok in eastern Indonesia was jolted by a series of destructive and shallow earthquakes, killing 563 people and displacing more than 417,000 others, including over 2,800 Sasak Muslim families in the impoverished, rural village of Malaka. Malaka and surrounding villages record some of the lowest levels of development in Lombok and Indonesia more widely, with young people here continuing to enter parenthood much earlier than is the case in neighbouring islands. Drawing on longitudinal ethnographic research conducted in Malaka prior to and following the earthquakes, and underpinned by a critical men’s studies perspective, this paper examines young Sasak men’s transitions to and experiences of early fatherhood and considers the impact of poverty and disaster – and subsequent displacement and unemployment – on their parenting experiences and masculine identities. It focuses in particular on the ways young Sasak men, as gendered beings, negotiate fatherhood and local hegemonic masculinity when suddenly and unexpectedly stripped of their capacity to fulfil their culturally-prescribed role as protectors and providers for their families.
Lisa is a charity fundraiser and PhD candidate in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle, where she has also worked as a casual lecturer in the university’s English Language and Foundation Studies Centre. She lives on the beautiful NSW Central Coast with her husband, two children and rescue dog.