Speaking to Power: Gender Politics in the Western Pacific

Speaking to Power: Gender Politics in the Western Pacific

by Lynn Wilson
     
 

For nearly fifty years, US government officials have identified Belau, in western Micronesia, as a key strategic site and have implemented administrative policies designed to maintain permanent access to Belau's land, reefs and waters for military purposes. Elder women placed themselves at the forefront of opposition to these policies, and, as part of oppositional… See more details below

Overview

For nearly fifty years, US government officials have identified Belau, in western Micronesia, as a key strategic site and have implemented administrative policies designed to maintain permanent access to Belau's land, reefs and waters for military purposes. Elder women placed themselves at the forefront of opposition to these policies, and, as part of oppositional efforts, successfully entered international political arenas. Speaking to Power moves beyond examining the impact of militarism and colonial administrative policy in Belau and draws on feminist poststructural analysis to explore the fluidity of contests in constructions of ``gender,'' ``politics,'' and ``tradition'' during US administration in Belau.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415909235
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/08/1995
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

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Preface
1Introduction1
Placing the Research2
Explaining Belau5
Entering Belau9
Writing the Text16
2Locating Belau20
Developing Colonial Interests21
Strategic Trust and Solomon Strategies25
Belau's Constitution and Proposals for Free Association30
3Notions of Power37
Theoretical Shifts38
Poststructural and Feminist Analytics41
Foucault and Power45
Constructing the Text48
4Family and Clan54
Representing Gabriela56
Land Relations59
Locating Olngebang69
Genealogy and Stories of Olngebang78
Telling the Stories87
5Food and Money98
Defining Responsibilities101
Negotiating Relations109
Expanding Obligations and Clan Fights134
6Clubs, Elections, and Compacts145
Forming Clubs147
Shaping Elections154
Confronting Compacts168
Women and Politics185
7Postponing Conclusion190
Appendix A: Palauan Pronunciation197
Appendix B: Glossary of Palauan Terms198
Notes200
Bibliography205
Index217

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