Inter-ethnic relations in Padang of West Sumatra Navigating between assimilation and exclusivity

Wacana: Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia. 2011;13(2):293-304 DOI 10.17510/wjhi.v13i2.25


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Journal Title: Wacana: Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia

ISSN: 1411-2272 (Print); 2407-6899 (Online)

Publisher: University of Indonesia

Society/Institution: University of Indonesia, Faculty of Humanities

LCC Subject Category: General Works

Country of publisher: Indonesia

Language of fulltext: English, Indonesian

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Mina Elfira (Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 21 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article contributes to the discussion on how inter-ethnic relations challenge cultural boundaries, in this case Minangkabau matrilineal-Islamic culture in Padang of West Sumatra, Indonesia. This paper will focus on how Minangkabau people establish relationship with other ethnic groups in Padang, a multi-ethnic city. The paper argues that matrilineal principles (descent and inheritance through the maternal line) and Islam are the defining aspects to be considered by Minangkabau people in maintaining relationship with other ethnic groups. Moreover, there is some interplay between the need to protect Minangkabau Islamic-matrilineal adat in maintaining inter-ethnic relations by Minangkabau people and their assimilation and exclusivity interests.