Prof.Dr. Irwan Abdullah

E-Mail : iabdullah[at]
Irwan Abdullah received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from University of Amsterdam. His academic interest are mainly in Social Development and Quality of Life, State-Society Relations, Gender and Policy, Local-Global Relations, Local and Religious Wisdoms, Crisis and Disaster Studies, Religious conflict and conformity, Community Development and Cultural Studies.

Research Experiences:

  • Religious Education in Indonesia (2005-2006)
  • Isolated Communities in Four Areas of Indonesia (2004)
    Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Southeast Asia (2002-2003)
  • Coping with Crisis in Indonesia : Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (2002-2003)
  • International Female Migration: Return Migrants in Central Java (2000)
  • Surveys and Action Research on Violence Against Women (1999-2001)
  • Gender and Reproductive Health (1999-2003)
  • Masri Singarimbun Award Program on Reproductive Health Policy and Action Studies (1999-2003)
  • Surveys on 25 Years of Socio-economic Transformation in Rural Java (1999-2000)
  • Surveys on Local responses to the economic crisis in Yogyakarta and Central Java (1999)
  • Cultural Reproduction of Identity among the Indonesian Migrants in Malaysia (1998)
  • Surveys on Social security and social policy in Java (1997-2000)
  • Privatization of religion: the transformation of religious commodities in Southeast Asia (1997)
  • The small-scale industries and rural development in Java (1996)
    Market, consumption and urban life-styles in Indonesia (1994-95)
  • The economic modernization in a central Javanese town (1990-93)
  • Small-Scale Traders in Rural Java (1989)
    Off-farm employment in Rural Java (1988)
    The street vendors of Malioboro, Yogyakarta (1987)


  • 2006 “Conflict and Compromise (The Dialectic of Tradition in The Case of Tolaki’s Marriage in Southeast Sulawesi )”, Humanika, Volume 19, No. 2, p.267-276 (Co-author with Asliah Zainal).
  • 2006 ”Mixed Marriage and the Melting of Religious Territory” in Suhadi, Cross Religious Marriage: Islamic Critical Perspective, Yogyakarta , LkiS, p. vii-xl
  • 2005 “The Political Construction of Ritual in Indonesia : The Muludan Tradition in The Kanoman Sultanate, Cirebon ”, Holistik, Vol. 6, No. 02, p. 277-295 (Co-author with Muhammad Yusuf).
  • 2005 “Vigilantism in Social Structure: An Examination of Vigilantism as a Framework from Various Case in America , Africa and Indonesia ”, Humaniora , Vol.17, No.1, p. 17-30 (co-author with Cho Youn Mee and Sjafri Sairin).
  • 2005 “Lesbian-Self Concept and their Strategy of Social Accomodation in Moslem Community of Yogyakarta”, S osiosains, Vol. 8, No.3. (co-author with Endah Susilandari and Muhadjir Darwin).
  • 2005 “Culture and Structure of Conflict Management in Indonesia : Cases of Tribal and Religious Conflicts” in Kris Herawan Timotius, Religious and Ethnic Conflicts in Indonesia : Analysis and Resolution, Salatiga: Satya Wacana Christian University , p. 24-60
  • 2005 “Culture Diversity, Local Culture Rights and Local Politic in Indonesia ”, in Jamil Gunawan. (ed), Decentralization, Globalization & Local Democracy, Jakarta : LP3ES, p. 81-93
  • 2005 “Otonomi & Hak-hak Budaya Daerah” dalam Pendidikan Multikultural & Revitalisasi Hukum Adat dalam Perspektif Sejarah, Jakarta; Departemen Kebudayaan & Pariwisata, hal. 65 -78
  • 2004 “The Problem of Health Culture Forming; An Introduction”, in Emiliana Mariyah, Culture Obstruction in Reproductive Health; Interaction Study towards Midwife-Pregnant Woman in Kalikotes Central Java, Denpasar: Kajian Budaya Universitas Udayana
  • 2004 “Transformation of City Space and the Making of the Global Life-Style”, Jurnal Kajian Budaya, Vol. 1, No.1. p. 1-12
  • 2004 “Compilation: Program and Service To React Towards Human Trafficking in six Provinces”, Center for Population and Policy Studies, Gadjah Mada University and American Center for International Labor Solidarity (co-author with Susi Eja Yuarsi, Wini Tamtiari, Henry Sembiring, Budi Wahyuni & Muhammad Nuh).
  • 2003 “The Politic of the Unity in Diversity in Pluralistic Indonesian Culture”, Journal of Society and Culture, Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 1-13.
  • 2003 “Viewing Yogyakarta through Billboard Media”, Urban Culture Research, Vol. 1, p. 103-116 (Co-author with Sjafri Sairin).
  • 2003 “From Domestic to Public: A Long Way of Woman Identity Searching” in Irwan Abdullah (ed.), Social Genesis of Gender. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar, p. 3-27
  • 2003 “Gender Based Research in Social Science”, Humaniora, Vol. 15, No. 3, p.265-275.
  • 2003 “Social Security Research in A Time of Crisis” in J. Stapel (ed.), Scientific Programme Indonesia—Netherlands . Amsterdam: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (co-author with Frans Hüsken).
  • 2003 “Migration, the Search for Self-Identity and Local Development: An Introduction”, in Abdul Haris, The Marching Feet and Dripping Sweat of Development: The Footprints of Migration in Local Development. Yogyakarta : Pustaka Pelajar.
  • 2003 “The Growth and Development of Entrepreneurs in Aceh: An Introduction to a Conceptual Understanding, in Hasan Saad, Along With the Patron: Traditional Values and the Ethos of the Aceh Pidieans Entrepreneurship. Yogyakarta : Relief Press.
  • 2002 “Modernity and the Turning Point of Family”, Basis, Vol. 52, No. 05-06.
  • 2002 “About Language and Language Construction on Reality: A Closing Note”, in Anwar Tuti Artha, Language in the Discourse of Democracy and Press . Yogyakarta: AK Group.
  • 2002 “The Body: Market Expansion and the Reproduction of Gender Inequality”, in Adi Wicaksono, etc., Identity and Mass Culture: Aspects of Indonesian Visual Art . Yogyakarta Yayasan Seni Cemeti.
  • 2002 Symbols, Meaning and the Javanese Worldview. Yogyakarta: Balai Kajian Sejarah dan Nilai Tradisional.
  • 2002 “Population Mobility Studies: Between the Past and Future”, in Tukiran et al. (eds.), Population Mobility in Indonesia : An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Yogyakarta: Center for Population and Policy Studies, Gadjah Mada University, p. 11-21.
  • 2002 “Culture and Structure of Conflict Management in Indonesia : The Case of Ethnic and religious Conflict”, Bina Darma, Vol 20, No. 62, p. 13-26 (co-author with Riza Arfani Noer).
  • 2002 Designing a Secure Place for Women: The Case of Yogyakarta . Yogyakarta: Center for Population and Policy Studies, Gadjah Mada University and the Ford Foundation (co-author with Susi Eja Yuarsi, Dyah Pitaloka, Anna Marie Wattie, Muhadjir Darwin, and Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin).
  • 2002 “The Use and Misuse of Culture in Conflict Resolution in Indonesia ”, Antropologi Indonesia, Vol. 25, No. 66.
  • 2002 “Islam and Cultural Accommodation”, in Thematic Encyclopedia of Islamic World; South East Asia . Jakarta: PT Ichtiar Baru Van Hoeve (co-author with Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra, M.A.), p.27-39.
  • 2002 Indonesia : in Search of Transition. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar (co-author with Henk Schulte-Nordholt).
  • 2001 “The Question of Women Role in National Development”, in Faturochman and Agus Dwiyanto (eds.), Reorientation of Population Policy. Yogyakarta . Aditya Media.
  • 2001 Sex, Gender and Social Reproduction of Power. Yogyakarta. Tarawang
  • 2001 “Theory and Practice of Communalism: Economic Crisis, Local Resources and Social Responses in Sriharjo Yogyakarta”, in Franz von Benda-Beckmann et al. (eds.), Natural Resources and Social Security. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar.
  • 2001 “Gender Bias in Handling the Case of Violence Against Women through Litigative Process”, Populasi, Vol 12, No. 2, p. 45-75 (co-author with Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, and Dyah Pitaloka).
  • 2001 “Country Study: Indonesia ”, in Female Labour Migration in South East Asia: Change and Continuity. Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University, p. 94-134 (co-author with Sukamdi, Setiadi, Agus Indiyanto, Abdul Haris).
  • 2001 “Globalization, Cultural Redefinition, and the Emergence of Open Society”, Terang, Vol. I, No.1, p. 37-47.
  • 2001 “Information Transparance and Sex Education in the Family”, in Muhadjir Darwin and Tukiran (eds.), Challanging Patriarchic Culture. Yogyakarta: Center for Population and Policy Studies, Gadjah Mada University, p. 217-250 (co-author with Partini and Mudjajadi).
  • 2001 “Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Anthenatal Care”, in Muhadjir Darwin and Tukiran (eds.), Challanging Patriarchic Culture. Yogyakarta: Center for Population and Policy Studies, Gadjah Mada University, 187-205 (co-author with Emiliana Mariyah).
  • 2001 “The Importance of Social Security Mechanism in A Changing Society”, in Franz von Benda Beckmann et al. (eds.), Natural Resources and Social Security. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar, p. v-xv.
  • 2000 “Introduction”, in Hans J. Daeng, Man, Culture and Environment: An Anthropological Perspective. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar.
  • 2000 “Never Ending Disintegrated Social Condition”, in Ninok Leksono (ed.), Indonesia at the Coming of the 21 st Century. Jakarta: Kompas, p. 45-56.
  • 2000 “Sex, Pasar Kembang and Traveling to an Isolated Place”, in Wahyudin, Welcome Mas!: Spirituality and the Psychology of the Prostitutes. Yogyakarta : Lapera Pustaka Utama, p. 101-121.
  • 1999 “From Bounded System to Borderless Society: the Crisis of Anthropological Method in Understanding Contemporary Society”, Antropologi Indonesia , Vol. 23, No. 60.
  • 1999 The Language of Nusantara: Position and Its Usage towards the 21st Century, Yogyakarta : Pustaka Pelajar.
  • 1999 The Interpretation of the crisis in rural Java, IDF Indonesia information 4: 17 -18
  • 1998 “Economic Crisis, Population Reliance, and Social Security: the Case of Jatinom in Central Java ”, Populasi, Vol. 10 No.1.
  • 1998 “The Death of Women in Man World: Female Body in Advertisement”, in Women and Media: Ideological Construction of Gender in the New Order Public Space . Bandung: Remaja Rosdakarya.
  • 1998 “Television, Space Deterritorialization, and Cultural Remote Control”, IPTEK-KOM, No. 3.
  • 1998 “Gender Reconstruction of Women’s Reality”, in The Discourse of Women in Indonesianity and Modernity. Jakarta : Pustaka CIDESINDO.
  • 1997 “Men’s World and the Death of the Women”, in Eko Prasetyo and Suparman Marzuki (ed.), Women in the Discourse of Rape. Yogyakarta: PKBI.
  • 1997 “Toward a Participative Development: How to Make Use of Local Culture?”, Jurnal Kebijakan dan Administrasi Publik, Vol. 1, No. 2, July.
  • 1997 “Social and Economic Issues in Urban Communities: Planning and Development of Satellite Town in Southeast Asia ”, Jurnal Penelitian dan Karya Ilmiah Lemlit Usakti 3. Jakarta: Trisakti University .
  • 1997 “Anthropology at the Cross Road: Reflection on the Understanding of Youth Behavior”, Antropologi Indonesia, Vol. 21, No. 54.
  • 1997 Social Genesis of Gender. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar
  • 1996 “Sex, Gender and the Social Reproduction of Power”, in Agus Dwiyanto et al. (eds.), Population and Development. Yogyakarta: Aditya Media, p.197-210.
  • 1996 Women’s Dilemma. Yogyakarta: Aditya Media (co-author with Ken Suratiyah and Marcelinus Molo).
  • 1994 The Muslim Businessmen of Jatinom: Religious Reform and Economic Modernization in a Central Javanese Town. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam.
  • 1991 “Palace, Ritual, and the Politic of Symbol: Cosmology and Syncretism in Java”, Humaniora, 2 (1): 87-102.
  • 1991 “Women Go to Market: a Study on Social and Economic Transformation in rural Java”, Populas i, 1 (1): 23-33.
  • 1989 “Economic Behaviour of Batik Vendors: A Case Study in Malioboro, Yogyakarta”, Masyarakat Indonesia, 16(2): 213-229.
  • 1988 “Off-Farm Employment in an Isolated community: a Preliminary survey in Central Java ”, Bulletin Antropologi, 4(14).
  • 1987 “Economic Strategy of Street Vendors: The Minangkabau of Malioboro, Yogyakarta ”, Bulletin Antropologi, 2(10).
  • 1987 “Cultural Perspective on Urbanization”, Bulletin Antropologi , 2 (special edition).
  • 1987 “Development of Human Resource and Policy of Informal Sector in Indonesia ”, in Himpunan 10 Karya Tulis Terbaik Mahasiswa Teladan 1987 PTN & Kopertis Seluruh Indonesia. Jakarta: Student Directory, General Directorate for Higher Education, Education & Cultural Department, p.18-37
  • 1986 “The Religion of Java in Focus: an Introduction”, Bulletin Antropologi , 1(5).