At Odds: Perceived Stigma of Single Professional Malay Women

Jamayah, Binti Saili and Abdul Rahman, Bin Saili (2018) At Odds: Perceived Stigma of Single Professional Malay Women. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 8 (14). pp. 79-90. ISSN 2222-6990

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Anak dara tua (andartu) or anak dara lanjut usia (andalusia) are terms used in Malay culture to designate a woman’s unmarried status which mean old virgin or old maiden. Our language further functions to enhance stigma in that population as they are being referred to as tak laku (not sellable) or jual mahal (playing hard). The majority of researchers have failed to consider the role culture and religion might play for single women in quality of life, social status and lifestyle that take precedence over the common experience women share. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 20 professional Malay Muslim women who have not married, this paper highlights some of the societal stigma, problems and pressures single Malay women experience when they are not married. This paper argued that the meanings of singlehood among women are personally constructed through one life’s experiences that are situated within and reinforced by important social contexts, such as one’s culture and religious faith.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Singlehood, Psychology, Malay women, Marriage, Gender, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 01:49
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2018 07:24

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