Self-Meaning with Oligodactyly Sufferers

Sulaeman Sulaeman, Deddy Mulyana

Abstract


Indonesia is a developing country, a population of more than a quarter of a billion people with a variety of health problems, including oligodactyly sufferers in the Village of Ulutaue, Bone Regency, South Sulawesi. They are different from normal people in the surrounding environment. The symbol "self-identity" is given by a normal person in everyday life. The purpose of this research is to find out and explain the self-meaning oligodactyly sufferers. The method of this research is communication phenomenology, examines the experiences with communication and interaction of natural oligodactyly on the surrounding environment. This research uses a qualitative approach based on the subjective interpretive techniques of data collection through interviews and participatory observations with complementary data based on the perspective of the social action and symbolic interaction. This research involves fifteen subjects with ten men and five women selected by purposive. The results of this research categories such as physical abnormalities and form a physical organ. The selfmeaning of physical abnormalities on the fingers, such as spirit-self, optimistic of abandonment, despair, closed, and lazy. The self-meaning of forms a physical organ with oligodactyly sufferers since birth, such as inflicting shame-self, deserve our pity, willpower hard work, patience, and a driving passion.

Keywords


self-meaning; oligodactyly; physical abnormalities; forms a physical organ

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.20422/jpk.v22i1.595

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