Description - Bewitching Women, Pious Men by Aihwa Ong
These essays consider 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 book provides ways of understanding how gender interacts with local, national and transnational forms of knowledge and power. The book's contributions cut across disciplinary boundaries and draw on fieldwork and textual analysis, including newspaper accounts, radio reports and feminist writing. Their subjects range widely: the writings of feminist Filipinos; 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.
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(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Aihwa Ong
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).