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Gender Pluralism : Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times - Michael G. Peletz

Gender Pluralism

Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times

Paperback Published: 15th April 2009
ISBN: 9780415931618
Number Of Pages: 342

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This book examines three big ideas: difference, legitimacy, and pluralism. Of chief concern is how people construe and deal with variation among fellow human beings. Why under certain circumstances do people embrace even sanctify differences, or at least begrudgingly tolerate them, and why in other contexts are people less receptive to difference, sometimes overtly hostile to it and bent on its eradication? What are the cultural and political conditions conducive to the positive valorization and acceptance of difference? And, conversely, what conditions undermine or erode such positive views and acceptance? This book examines pluralism in gendered fields and domains in Southeast Asia since the early modern era, which historians and anthropologists of the region commonly define as the period extending roughly from the 15th to the 18th centuries.

Table of Contents Acknowledgments (3) Note on Spelling, Transliteration, and Names (5) Chapter 1 -- Introduction (6) Chapter 2 -- Gender Pluralism and Transgender Practices in Early Modern Times (38) Some Gendered Themes in the Political Cultures of Pre- and Early Modern States Transgender Practices and Gender Pluralism Iban Ngaju Dayak Bugis Malays Burmese Thais Conclusion Chapter 3 -- Temporary Marriage, Connubial Commerce, and Colonial Body Politics (146) Temporary Marriage From Temporary Wives to Concubines and Prostitutes Colonial Body Politics and the Constriction of Pluralism Concubinage, Prostitution, and "Sworn Sisterhood" Desires That Dare Not Speak Their Names Conclusion Chapter 4 --Transgender Practices, Same-Sex Relations, and Gender Pluralism Since the 1960s (216) Some Insular Southeast Asian Cases Iban Ngaju Dayak Bugis The Case of Burma Deeper into the Labyrinth(s) Women and Femininity at the Turn of the 21st Century Conclusion Chapter 5 -- Gender, Sexuality, and Body Politics at the Turn of the 21st Century (311) Transgendered Ritualists and Pondan "Asian Values" and New Types of Criminality Narratives of "Asian Values" and the Rise of Social Intolerance New Types of Criminality: Azizah, Anwar, and Beyond The Pink Triangle, the Urban/Sexual Underground, and the Struggle for Sexual Equality Background and Context The Pink Triangle and the Urban/Sexual Communities It Serves Official Discourses on Communities in the Urban/Sexual Underground The Struggle for Sexual Equality Engaging "Tolerance", Open Secrets, and Governmentality Conclusion Epilogue: Asylum, Diaspora, Pluralism (450) Bibliography (483) Index (534)

ISBN: 9780415931618
ISBN-10: 0415931614
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 15th April 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1