Trans-Status Subjects: Gender in the Globalization of South and Southeast Asia

Trans-Status Subjects: Gender in the Globalization of South and Southeast Asia

by Sonita Sarker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822329921

ISBN-13: 9780822329923

Pub. Date: 11/29/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

A Thai foodseller on the streets of Bangkok, a cyclo driver in a Vietnamese village, a Pahari migrant laborer in the Himalayas, a Parsi-Christian professional social worker shuttling back and forth between London and Calcutta -- Trans-Status Subjects examines how these and other South and Southeast Asians affect and are affected by globalization. While much work has

Overview

A Thai foodseller on the streets of Bangkok, a cyclo driver in a Vietnamese village, a Pahari migrant laborer in the Himalayas, a Parsi-Christian professional social worker shuttling back and forth between London and Calcutta -- Trans-Status Subjects examines how these and other South and Southeast Asians affect and are affected by globalization. While much work has focused on the changes wrought by globalization -- describing how people maintain foundations or are permanently destabilized -- this collection theorizes the complex ways individuals negotiate their identities and create alliances in the midst of both stability and instability, as what the editors call "trans-status subjects." Using gender paradigms, historical time, and geographic space as driving analytic concerns, the essays gathered here consider the various ways South and Southeast Asians both perpetuate and resist various hierarchies despite unequal mobilities within economic, social, cultural, and political contexts.

The contributors -- including literary and film theorists, geographers, historians, sociologists, and anthropologists -- show how the dominant colonial powers prefigured the ideologies of gender and sexuality that neocolonial nation-states have later refigured; investigate economic and artistic production; and explore labor, capital, and social change. The essays cover a range of locales, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, and the United States. In investigating issues of power, mobility, memory, and solidarity in recent eras of globalization, the contributors -- scholars and activists from South Asia, Southeast Asia, England, Australia, Canada, and the United States -- illuminate various facets of the new concept of trans-status subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822329923
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/29/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: Marking Times and Territories1
IFiguring Genders in the Colony and Nation: Native and Foreign
Designing Woman, Designing North Borneo31
The Cordon Sanitaire: Mobility and Space in the Regulation of Colonial Prostitution51
Feminizing the City: Gender and Space in Colonial Colombo67
Failure of the Imaginary: Gendered Excess of the Indonesian Nation88
Gender, Paradoxical Space, and Critical Spectatorship in Vietnamese Film: The Works of Dang Nhat Minh108
IITransporting Genders Between the Village and City: Representations and Resistances
Traveling High and Low: Verticality, Social Position, and the Making of Pahari Genders129
Nurturing, Gender Ideologies, and Bangkok's Foodscape147
Place and Displacement: Figuring the Thai Village in an Age of Rural Development167
The City between the Global State: Architecture and the People in Singapore's Gendered Imaginations189
IIIGendering Local-Global Circuits: Labor, Capital, and Subjects of Social Change
South Asian Women in the Gulf: Families and Futures Reconfigured213
Diasporic Alienness and Belonging: Selected Indian-American Cultural Expressions232
Jewish Diaspora through Colonial Spaces: Negotiating Identity and Forging Community249
Unruly Subjects: Cornelia Sorabji and Ravinder Randhawa267
Immigrant Dreams and Nightmares: South Asian Domestic Workers in North America in a Time of Global Mobility289
Bibliography309
Contributors333
Index335

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