Gendered Inequalities in Asia
Configuring, Contesting and Recognizing Women and Men
edited by Helle Rydstrom
Gendering Asia # 5
Available from NIAS Press worldwide
Global processes with flows in money, commodities and people have made it increasingly varied and blurred what it means to be a female or male in Asia today. Socio-economic and cultural patterns in Asia intersect with one another and, in doing so, they translate into power relations that create both possibilities and constraints for women and men.
By focusing on unequal access to political and religious power, occupation and health facilities, as well as different options when it comes to family life and sexuality, the recognition of women and men are explored in this volume as manifestations of ideas about femininity and masculinity. Readers will find insightful and enriching contributions that consider how gender relations in Asia - and indeed the very meaning of gender itself - are affected by neo-liberalism, globalization and economic growth; security in all of its meanings; multiculturalism, race and class; family life, power and intergenerational support; religious discourses and activism; and by male norms in politics.
Helle Rydstrøm has carried out research on Vietnam within the field of social anthropology since the early 1990s, her current research focusing especially on violence, masculinities and femininities in Vietnamese society. Separately, she is involved in a research project that focuses on the conditions of rural families in late-doi moi Vietnam. She has written widely in her field with her monograph, Embodying Morality: Growing Up In Rural Northern Vietnam (University of Hawai’i Press) winning the the Tamara K. Hareven Memorial Research Prize and nominated for the Harry J. Benda Prize. Previously an associate professor at Linköping University in Sweden, Dr Rydstrøm recently moved to take up a position at Lund University’s Centre for Gender Studies. She is an editor of the NIAS Press Gendering Asia book series.
About the Authors
1. Introduction to Gendered Inequalities in Asia: Configuring, Contesting and Recognizing Women and Men (Helle Rydstrom); 2. Gendering Asia after Modernity (Maila Stivens); 3. The Real and the True: Neo-Liberalism and Gender Governance in Vietnam (Nguyen-vo Thu-huong); 4. Gender, Multiculturalism and Religious Discourse(s): Women as Symbols in Hindu Nationalism (Sidsel Hansson and Catarina Kinnvall); 5. Globalization, Growth and Gender: Poor Workers and Vendors in Urban Vietnam (Anne Jerneck); 6. Shades of Gender and Security in Cambodia (Alexandra Kent); 7. Struggle for Recognition and Justice: Gender Inequality and Socially Engaged Buddhism in Thailand (Monica Lindberg Falk); 8. Compromised Ideals: Family Life and the Recognition of Women in Vietnam (Helle Rydstrom); 9. Gendered Expectations and Intergenerational Support among Chinese Singaporeans (Kristina Goransson); 10. Gendered Parties: Making the Male Norm Visible in Thai Politics (Elin Bjarnegard); 11. The Cultural Construction of Masculinity among Working-class Malaysian Chinese in the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender (Ulf Mellstrom); Index
Helle Rydstrom is an Associate Professor at Lund University, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Thematic Research, Linköping University.
Her recent reseach has focused on Vietnam, including focuses on gender, education, youth and ethnicity. She is also coordinator (with fellow NIAS authors Wil Burghoorn and Cecilia Milwertz) of the Network for Swedish Research on Gender in Asia.
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