• Vol 21, No 2 (2017)
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Habitus, Agency and Political Participation of Female Students: A Study at an Islamic University in Indonesia

Dzuriyatun Toyibah


Publish at : 01 Dec 2017
Hubs-Asia : Hubs-Asia Vol 21, No 2 (2017)
DOI : https://doi.org/10.7454/mssh.v21i2.3506


Cite this article as:
Toyibah, D. (2017). Habitus, Agency and Political Participation of Female Students: A Study at an Islamic University in Indonesia. Makara Human Behavior Studies In Asia, 21(2), 113-121. DOI:10.7454/mssh.v21i2.3506
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Dzuriyatun Toyibah Sociology Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Tangerang Selatan 14519, Indonesia
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Abstract

This article aims to explain how and to what extent habitus and agency affect female students’ political participation. Habitus, as one of the concepts of Bourdieu, emphasizes the existence of disposition, in which actions are done without prior consideration and deliberation, and encourages people to repeteadly do similar acts simply because they are common practices in society. In contrast, agency emphasizes the ability of reflexivity and conscious thought. Applying in-depth interviews with 10 female activist and non-activist students at an Islamic university in Indonesia, the study found that the habitus in their families and neighborhoods prevented female students from obtaining equal positions to male students. Eventhough, as members of the student community, they conducted the reflexivity process, and thus had agency to act freely. This reflexivity, however, has not managed to achieve a complete patriarchal cultural change.

Keywords

Habitus, agency, reflexivity, student political participation