Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline, Second Edition: Factory Women in Malaysia / Edition 2

Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline, Second Edition: Factory Women in Malaysia / Edition 2

by Aihwa Ong
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438433557

ISBN-13: 9781438433554

Pub. Date: 09/03/2010

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In the two decades since its original publication, Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline has become an ethnographic classic in the fields of anthropology, labor studies, and gender and globalization studies. Based on anthropological field work in an agricultural district in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia, Spirits of Resistance captures a moment of profound

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In the two decades since its original publication, Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline has become an ethnographic classic in the fields of anthropology, labor studies, and gender and globalization studies. Based on anthropological field work in an agricultural district in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia, Spirits of Resistance captures a moment of profound transformation, illustrated by the disruptions, conflicts, and ambivalences in the lives of Malay women during the rapid industrialization associated with Malaysia's rise as a tiger economy. Aihwa Ong's nuanced approach to the Malay women factory workers' experiences of the contradictions of modern globalized capitalism has inspired subsequent generations of feminist ethnographers in their explorations of key questions of power, resistance, femininities, religious community, and social change. With a new critical introduction by anthropologist Carla Freeman, this new edition of Spirits of Resistance continues to offer an exemplary model of sophisticated analysis of culturally based resistance to the ideology, surveillance, and institutional authority of globalized corporate capitalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438433554
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/03/2010
Series:
SUNY series in the Anthropology of Work Series
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Introduction Carla Freeman xv

List of Abbreviations xxi

Part I Capitalist Development and Cultural Experience

1 Spirits and Discipline in Capitalist Transformation 1

2 Malay Peasants from Subsistence to Commodity Production 11

Part II The Kampung Society of Coastal Selangor

3 Tropical Confluences: Rural Society, Capital, and the State 37

4 Sungai Jawa: Differentiation and Dispersal 57

5 Domestic Relations: The Reconfiguration of Family Life 85

6 Marriage Strategies: Negotiating the Future 115

Part III Neophyte Factory Women in Late Capitalism

7 The Modern Corporation: Manufacturing Gender Hierarchy 141

8 Neophyte Factory Women and the Negative Image 179

9 Spirits of Resistance 195

10 Conclusion 215

Notes 223

Glossary 239

Bibliography 245

Index 259

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