Aldy Setiawan, Meutia Karunia Dewi


Cihonje is one of the largest migrant workers base in Banyumas, Central Java. The high migration cycle that occurred in this rural society was due to the high expenditure that could not be fulfilled. Kondangan as one of the highest cost components contributes to the decision to become migrant workers in the Cihonje society. Hence, to understand more deeply how kondangan become the highest cost component and also the financial strategies carried out by Cihonje migrant society in responding to the cost of kondangan, we use qualitative study with an in-depth interview, observation, and focus group discussions as a method to collect data. We find that the financial strategies carried out by Cihonje migrant society are influenced by the social aspects that form a mental model and lead to the selection of strategies in responding to the cost of kondangan.

Keywords: Kondangan; social aspect; mental model; migrant society; financial strategy.

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