Coming of Age on the Streets of Java

Coping with Marginality, Stigma and Illness

Thomas Stodulka

Transcript-Verlag

Coming of Age on the Streets of Java

Pub Date: July 2017

ISBN: 9783837636086

272 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Coming of Age on the Streets of Java

Coping with Marginality, Stigma and Illness

Thomas Stodulka

Transcript-Verlag

This ethnography is based on almost five years of fieldwork in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, between 2001 and 2015. Stodulka investigates “street children’s” coming of age, and their remarkable social and emotional competences, instead of resorting to a dreadful discourse of pity and despair. His ethnography's multivocal narrative couples vivid accounts of ethnographic case studies and life stories with current theory on affect, emotion, empathy, structural violence, and social interaction in the context of marginality, stigma and chronic illness.
An outstanding analysis of a socially relevant phenomenon and a significant contribution that counters the politicized and media-dominated homogenizing discourse about "street children" in Indonesia and other parts of the world. This book offers a highly compelling anthropological focus on the manifold meanings, experiences, and practices of young people's life on the streets. Hansjörg Dilger, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University Berlin

About the Author

Thomas Stodulka works at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.