Hanny Hartono

Doctor of Philosophy
Study Completed: 2017
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Media Consumption in Contemporary Urban Indonesia and Everyday Life: Muslim Women, Parenting and Media

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Although Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, its media landscape does not reflect this. Muslim women, especially mothers, negotiate the media they and their children are exposed to within the frame of their Islamic understanding. Ms Hartono's research explored this process by combining ethnographic fieldwork in Semarang, Central Java and online discussions on a closed Facebook group of participants in Jakarta. She used in-depth interviews, diary studies, conversations, online discussions, and field notes to explore the ways in which Muslim women and their children deal with television, especially celebrity gossip shows, and children’s programming, social media particularly Facebook, and billboards. Her research concluded that these media landscapes have become sites in which Muslim mothers discuss Islam, voice their views and Islamic understandings, embrace their piety, as well as give judgements to others whose opinions or experiences are not similar to theirs.

Dr Graeme MacRae
Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies
Dr Barbara Andersen


Hartono, H. S. (2012). [Review of the book New Zealand's Muslims and multiculturalism, by E. Kolig], SITES, 9, 2.

Hartono, H. S. (2012). The making of Muslim spaces in an Auckland suburb. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 14(2), 38-53.

Hartono, H. S. (2013). Between two worlds: Women from pesantren appropriating private and public spaces. [Review of the book Women from traditional Islamic educational institutions in Indonesia: Negotiating public spaces, by E. Srimulyani]. The Newsletter: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), 64, 38.