Speaking to Power: Gender Politics in the Western Pacific

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415909242
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Placing the Research 2
Explaining Belau 5
Entering Belau 9
Writing the Text 16
2 Locating Belau 20
Developing Colonial Interests 21
Strategic Trust and Solomon Strategies 25
Belau's Constitution and Proposals for Free Association 30
3 Notions of Power 37
Theoretical Shifts 38
Poststructural and Feminist Analytics 41
Foucault and Power 45
Constructing the Text 48
4 Family and Clan 54
Representing Gabriela 56
Land Relations 59
Locating Olngebang 69
Genealogy and Stories of Olngebang 78
Telling the Stories 87
5 Food and Money 98
Defining Responsibilities 101
Negotiating Relations 109
Expanding Obligations and Clan Fights 134
6 Clubs, Elections, and Compacts 145
Forming Clubs 147
Shaping Elections 154
Confronting Compacts 168
Women and Politics 185
7 Postponing Conclusion 190
Appendix A: Palauan Pronunciation 197
Appendix B: Glossary of Palauan Terms 198
Notes 200
Bibliography 205
Index 217
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