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Bewitching women, pious men [electronic resource] : gender and body politics in Southeast Asia / edited by Aihwa Ong and Michael G. Peletz.

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Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (321 p.)
Subjects:
Sex role -- Southeast Asia.
Power (Christian theology) -- Southeast Asia.
Power (Mechanics) -- Southeast Asia.
Power (Philosophy) -- Southeast Asia.
Power (Social sciences) -- Southeast Asia.
Power resources -- Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia -- Social life and customs.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
This impressive array of essays considers the contingent and shifting meanings of gender and the body in contemporary Southeast Asia. By analyzing femininity and masculinity as fluid processes rather than social or biological givens, the authors provide new ways of understanding how gender intersects with local, national, and transnational forms of knowledge and power.Contributors cut across disciplinary boundaries and draw on fresh fieldwork and textual analysis, including newspaper accounts, radio reports, and feminist writing. Their subjects range widely: the writings of feminist Filipinas; Thai stories of widow ghosts; eye-witness accounts of a beheading; narratives of bewitching genitals, recalcitrant husbands, and market women as femmes fatales. Geographically, the essays cover Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The essays bring to this region the theoretical insights of gender theory, political economy, and cultural studies.Gender and other forms of inequality and difference emerge as changing systems of symbols and meanings. Bodies are explored as sites of political, economic, and cultural transformation. The issues raised in these pages make important connections between behavior, bodies, domination, and resistance in this dynamic and vibrant region.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
PREFACE
Introduction
ONE. Why Women Rule the Roost: Rethinking Javanese Ideologies of Gender and Self-Control
TWO Narrating Herself: Power and Gender in a Minangkabau Woman's Tale of Conflict
THREE. Neither Reasonable nor Responsible: Contrasting Representations of Masculinity in a Malay Society
FOUR. Senior Women, Model Mothers, and Dutiful Wives: Managing Gender Contradictions in a Minangkabau Village
FIVE. State Versus Islam: Malay Families, Women's Bodies, and the Body Politic in Malaysia
SIX. State Fatherhood: The Politics of Nationalism, Sexuality, and Race in Singapore
SEVEN. Alternative Filipina Heroines: Con tested Tropes in Leftist F eminisms
EIGHT. Attack of the Widow Ghosts: Gender, Death, and Modernity in Northeast Thailand
NINE. Narratives of Masculinity and Transnational Migration: Filipino Workers in the Middle East
INDEX
Notes:
Based on a conference held at the University of California, Berkeley, in the winter of 1992.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Ong, Aihwa.
Peletz, Michael G.
ISBN:
1-283-38213-X
9786613382139
0-520-91534-8
0-585-13142-2
OCLC:
44956388
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520915343 doi
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