Fantasizing the Feminine in Indonesia / Edition 1

Fantasizing the Feminine in Indonesia / Edition 1

by Laurie J. Sears
     
 

ISBN-10: 082231696X

ISBN-13: 9780822316961

Pub. Date: 02/07/1996

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The stories of Indonesian women have often been told by Indonesian men and Dutch men and women. This volume asks how these representations—reproduced, transformed, and circulated in history, ethnography, and literature—have circumscribed feminine behavior in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia. Presenting dialogues between prominent scholars of and from

Overview

The stories of Indonesian women have often been told by Indonesian men and Dutch men and women. This volume asks how these representations—reproduced, transformed, and circulated in history, ethnography, and literature—have circumscribed feminine behavior in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia. Presenting dialogues between prominent scholars of and from Indonesia and Indonesian women working in professional, activist, religious, and literary domains, the book dissolves essentialist notions of “women” and “Indonesia” that have arisen out of the tensions of empire.
The contributors examine the ways in which Indonesian women and men are enmeshed in networks of power and then pursue the stories of those who, sometimes at great political risk, challenge these powers. In this juxtaposition of voices and stories, we see how indigenous patriarchal fantasies of feminine behavior merged with Dutch colonial notions of proper wives and mothers to produce the Indonesian government’s present approach to controlling the images and actions of women. Facing the theoretical challenge of building a truly cross-cultural feminist analysis, Fantasizing the Feminine takes us into an ongoing conversation that reveals the contradictions of postcolonial positionings and the fragility of postmodern identities.
This book will be welcomed by readers with interests in contemporary Indonesian politics and society as well as historians, anthropologists, and other scholars concerned with literature, gender, and cultural studies.

Contributors. Benedict R. O’G. Anderson, Sita Aripurnami, Jane Monnig Atkinson, Nancy K. Florida, Daniel S. Lev, Dédé Oetomo, Laurie J. Sears, Ann Laura Stoler, Saraswati Sunindyo, Julia I. Suryakusuma, Jean Gelman Taylor, Sylvia Tiwon, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Diane L. Wolf

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822316961
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/07/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
City Garbage from the Nongo River,
Introduction: Fragile Identities,
Deconstructing Women and Indonesia,
Part I Structures of Control,
Models and Maniacs,
A Sentimental Education,
The State and Sexuality in New Order Indonesia,
Murder, Gender, and the Media,
Javanese Factory Daughters,
Quizzing the Sphinx,
On the Other Hand?,
Part II Contested Representations,
Sex Wars,
Nyai Dasima,
A Feminist Comment on the Sinetron Presentation of Indonesian Women,
Gender and Sexual Orientation in Indonesia,
"Bullshit!" S/He Said,
Alien Romance,
Selected Bibliography,
Contributors,
Index,

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