Women, Pious Men : Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia
by Aihwa Ong (Editor), Michael G. Peletz (Editor)
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.
collection presents new ethnographic research, framed in terms of
new theoretical developments, and contains fine scholarship and
lively writing." -- Janet Hoskins, University of Southern
About the Authors
Aihwa Ong is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University
of California, Berkeley, and author of Spirits
of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline (1987). Michael G.
Peletz is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colgate
University and author of A
Share of the Harvest (California, 1988).
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existed for just over 15 years, publishing 135 issues from late
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