Speaking to Power: Gender Politics in the Western Pacific

Speaking to Power: Gender Politics in the Western Pacific

by Lynn Wilson, Wilson Lynn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415909244

ISBN-13: 9780415909242

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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:
9780415909242
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Part I - Introduction: 1. Placing the Research; 2. Explaining Belau; 3. Entering Belau; 4. Writing the Text; Part II - Locating Belau: 5. Developing Colonial Interests; 6. Strategic Trust and Solomon Stragegies; 7. Belau's Constitution and Proposals for Free Association; Part III - Notions of Power: 8. Theoretical Shifts; 9. Poststructural and Feminist Analytics; 10. Foucault and Power; 11. Constructing the Text; Part IV - Family and Clan: 12. Representing Gabriela; 13. Land Relations; 14. Locating Olngebang; 15. Genealogy and Stories of Olngebang; 16. Telling the Stories; Part V - Food and Money: 17. Defining Responsibilities; 18. Negotiating Relations; 19. Expanding Obligations and Clan Fights; Part VI - Clubs, Elections, and Compacts: 20. Forming Clubs; 21 Shaping Elections; 22. Confronting Compacts; 23. Women and Politics; Part VII - Postponing Conclusions: 24. Appendix A: Palauan Pronunciation; 25. Appendix B: Glossary of Palauan Terms.

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