Mixed Blessings: Laws, Religions, and Women's Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region

Overview

The essays in this volume explore some of the diverse and contradictory ways that the lives of women in the Asia-Pacific region are shaped by two powerful regimes - 'religion' and 'law' - and by the interactions between them. They show that for women, laws - customary, colonial, post-independence and international - and religions - indigenous or introduced, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Confucianism - have been a 'mixed blessing'. These diverse legal systems and religious doctrines and institutions have ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$188.97
BN.com price
(Save 6%)$202.00 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $119.70   
  • New (1) from $169.78   
  • Used (4) from $119.70   
Sending request ...

Overview

The essays in this volume explore some of the diverse and contradictory ways that the lives of women in the Asia-Pacific region are shaped by two powerful regimes - 'religion' and 'law' - and by the interactions between them. They show that for women, laws - customary, colonial, post-independence and international - and religions - indigenous or introduced, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Confucianism - have been a 'mixed blessing'. These diverse legal systems and religious doctrines and institutions have variously denied women authority and the capacity to participate fully in the public organization of social, political and religious life; they have furthermore constructed gender and familial relations in ways that subordinate women. Yet they have also offered promises of women's empowerment, and provided rules and procedures, norms, values, and interpretations of sacred traditions to deliver those empancipatory promises. Each chapter is devoted to a single state; first, the history and current framework of the national legal system is introduced; then the place of religion in the state is explained; and finally, by means of precise and detailed case studies or examples, each author explores how these sometimes competing, sometimes colluding regimes constructed women and how women interpreted this positioning and sought to resituate themselves.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“… in the rising field of law and religion, the collection is a significant, well-crafted and absorbing contribution. For the Asia-Pacific, this book deepens the work in the field – precisely because of its nuanced and scholarly ambivalence towards both the life of the law and the life of the spirit.”
Reid Mortensen, Law Asia Journal, 2006 (pp. 263-267).
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Carolyn Evans is Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, in the Faculty of Law, The University of Melbourne, Australia. She has undergraduate degrees in Arts and Law from that university and a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She has taught at both Oxford and Melbourne. She is the author of Freedom of Religion under the European Convention on Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2001) and the co-editor of Religion and International Law (Martinus Nijhoff, 1999). She has published articles and chapters in the areas of religious freedom and general international law. Her current research interests are in the areas of the intersection of religion and law (including issues of religious freedom) and the role of legislatures in the protection of human rights. She has given presentations on religious freedom issues in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Peoples’ Republic of China and Russia.
Amanda Whiting is a Lecturer in Law at The University of Melbourne and Associate Director, Malaysia, Asian Law Centre, also at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has taught both history and law at that University. She is Co-editor of the Australian Journal of Asian Law and author of Situating Suhakam: Human Rights Debates and Malaysia’s National Human Rights Commission,Stanford Journal of International Law, 39 no.1 (2003): 59-98 and Some Women can shift it well enough: a legal context for understanding the women petitioners of the seventeenth-century English Revolution,; Australian Feminist Law Journal 21 (December) 2004: 77–100. Her current research interests include women and Islam in Southeast Asia; national and regional human rights institutions, values and practices in Southeast Asia; indigenous land claims in Malaysia; and the use of defamation to stifle public debate in Southeast Asia.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Situating the Issues, Framing the Analysis Carolyn Evans and Amanda Whiting;
2. Sex or Sangha? Non-normative Gender Roles for Women in Thailand Lucinda Peach;
3.Women and Witchcraft: Positivist, Prelapsarian, and Post-Modern Judicial Interpretations in PNG Jean G. Zorn;
4. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women, Religion and Law in Solomon Islands Jennifer Corrin Care;
5. Women, Religion and the Law in Aotearoa /New Zealand: The Complexity of Accommodating Different Value Systems in Law Margaret Bedggood and Leah Whiu;
6. The Roman Catholic Church and the Rights of East Timorese Women Susan Harris Rimmer;
7. Muslim Women’s Political Struggle for Marriage Law Reform in Contemporary Indonesia Kathryn Robinson;
8. Islamisation, Modernity and the Re-positioning of women in Brunei Ann Black;
9. “She’s a Woman but She Acts Very Fast:” Women, Religion and Law in Singapore Li-ann Thio.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)