Power, Resistance and Women Politicians in Cambodia

Discourses of Emancipation

by Mona Lilja

224 pp., illustrated
NIAS Monographs # 108
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Hardback - 2008, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 71 7, £40.00
Paperback - 2008, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 020 1, £16.99

• Unique insight into the political struggles of Cambodian women.
• Extends the concept of resistance and creates a framework of analysis that will inspire researchers in other fields.

In a world where there are few women politicians, Cambodia is still noticeable as a country where strong cultural and societal forces act to subjugate women and limit their political opportunities. However, in their everyday life, Cambodian women do try to improve their situ-ation and increase their political power, not least via manifold strategies of resistance.

This book focuses on Cambodian female politicians and the strategies they deploy in their attempts to destabilize the cultural boundaries and hierarchies that restrain them. In particular, the book focuses on how women use discourses and identities as means of resistance, a concept only recently of wide interest among scholars studying power. The value of this book is thus twofold: not only does it give a unique insight into the political struggles of Cambodian women but also offers new insights to studies of power.

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