ASEASUK Newsletter, No. 57, Spring 2015

"One of Earl’s main arguments and indeed the strength of the book is that it focuses on a frequently neglected element of social class, namely gender.

"One of Earl’s main arguments and indeed the strength of the book is that it focuses on a frequently neglected element of social class, namely gender.

(…) Earl draws on detailed social material from particular individuals as well (‘a person-centred approach’), again an ethnographic strength of this study; she tracked 37 individuals but singled out a small number of individuals for intensive study […].

(…) this study is a fine example of the contribution which detailed ethnographic studies can make to a socially and culturally nuanced understanding of how certain social groupings (in this case young urban-based professional, middle class women) respond to the challenges and opportunities of capitalist and market-oriented transformations in a politically centralised, socialist and rapidly internationalising economy in Southeast Asia."

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