Explaining the Recent Upturn in Divorce in Indonesia: Developmental Idealism and the Effect of Political Change

21 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2017

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Mark Cammack

Southwestern Law School

Tim Heaton

Brigham Young University

Date Written: June 17, 2017

Abstract

Divorce trends in Indonesia during the latter half of the 20th century provide an interesting contrast to Western societies. While the social forces associated with modernisation resulted in a dramatic rise in divorce in Western societies, the process of modernisation produced an equally dramatic decline in divorce in Indonesia. Recent evidence, however, suggests that the divorce trends have reversed direction in Indonesia, and the divorce rate has begun to rise. The purpose of this paper is to present both statistical evidence of a possible rise in divorce and qualitative evidence of possible changes in reasons for divorce. The statistical evidence is based on five rounds of the Indonesia Demographic and Health Surveys conducted between 1987 and 2007. Qualitative evidence comes from interviews with marriage registrars, court officials, and other informed community members.

Keywords: divorce, modernization, media, gender equality, women's rights, Islamic law, Islam and gender

Suggested Citation

Cammack, Mark and Heaton, Tim, Explaining the Recent Upturn in Divorce in Indonesia: Developmental Idealism and the Effect of Political Change (June 17, 2017). Southwestern Law School Research Paper No. 2017-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2988407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2988407

Mark Cammack (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

Tim Heaton

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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