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ASAA Women in Asia Series


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Editor: Louise Edwards (University of New South Wales)

Editorial Board:

Susan Blackburn (Monash University)

John Butcher (Griffith University)

Vera Mackie (Curtin University)

Anne McLaren (Melbourne University)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Andrea Whittaker (Melbourne University)

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Young Muslim Women in India: Bollywood, Identity and Changing Youth Culture

Young Muslim Women in India: Bollywood, Identity and Changing Youth Culture

Kabita Chakraborty
January 12, 2018

This book, based on extensive, original research, details the changing lives of youth living in slum communities (bustees) in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Using young people’s own photos, art and narratives, the book explores how Muslim girls and young women are contributing to, and impacted by,...

Women and Sharia Law in Northern Indonesia: Local Women's NGOs and the Reform of Islamic Law in Aceh

Women and Sharia Law in Northern Indonesia: Local Women's NGOs and the Reform of Islamic Law in Aceh

Dina Afrianty
January 03, 2018

This book examines the life of women in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where Islamic law was introduced in 1999. It outlines how women have had to face the formalisation of conservative understandings of sharia law in regulations and new state institutions over the last decade or so, how they...

Trafficking Women in Korea: Filipina migrant entertainers

Trafficking Women in Korea: Filipina migrant entertainers

Sallie Yea
January 03, 2018

Based on in-depth ethnographic work, this book presents a study of Filipinas trafficked to South Korea, focusing on women who entered South Korea as migrant entertainers and subsequently became deployed in exploitative work environments around US military bases there. It contributes to the...

The Micro-politics of Microcredit: Gender and Neoliberal Development in Bangladesh

The Micro-politics of Microcredit: Gender and Neoliberal Development in Bangladesh

Mohammad Jasim Uddin
January 03, 2018

Microcredit has been seen in recent decades as having great potential for aiding development in poor developing countries, with Bangladesh being one of the countries which has pioneered microcredit and implemented it most widely. This book, based on extensive original research, explores how...

Women and the Politics of Gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste: Between Heaven and Earth

Women and the Politics of Gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste: Between Heaven and Earth

Sara Niner
December 21, 2017

This book presents a wide-ranging overview of the position of women in Timor-Leste, 15 years after the country secured its independence. It considers the role of women in Timor-Leste’s history, explores their role in the present day economy and politics, and discusses their contribution to culture...

Women and Climate Change in Bangladesh

Women and Climate Change in Bangladesh

Margaret Alston
December 21, 2017

Bangladesh is by no means a high emitter of carbon, but it is nevertheless one of the countries most critically affected. There is a significant risk of damage to lives and livelihoods due to climate change in the form of cyclones, flooding and storm surges, and slow-onset impacts such as droughts,...

Practicing Feminism in South Korea: The women’s movement against sexual violence

Practicing Feminism in South Korea: The women’s movement against sexual violence

Kyungja Jung
October 13, 2017

The Korean women’s movement, which is seen in both Western and non-Western countries as being exemplary in terms of women’s activism, experienced a dramatic change in its direction and strategy in the early 1990s. At the heart of the new approach was an increasing focus on sexual violence, which...

China's Leftover Women: Late Marriage among Professional Women and its Consequences

China's Leftover Women: Late Marriage among Professional Women and its Consequences

Sandy To
October 12, 2017

The term "sheng nu" ("leftover women") has been recently coined in China to describe the increasing number of women, especially highly educated professional women in their late twenties and over who have not married. This book explores this phenomenon, reporting on extensive research among "...

Women's Empowerment in South Asia: NGO Interventions and Agency Building in Bangladesh

Women's Empowerment in South Asia: NGO Interventions and Agency Building in Bangladesh

Pranab Panday
October 12, 2017

Economic development in the poorest countries often makes better progress when women become involved in, and take a lead in, development projects. Encouraging women’s involvement, however, is often a major difficulty in societies where traditionally women’s status has been inferior and where women...

Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan

Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan

Andrea Germer, Vera Mackie, Ulrike Wöhr
October 12, 2017

Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan makes a unique contribution to the international literature on the formation of modern nation–states in its focus on the gendering of the modern Japanese nation-state from the late nineteenth century to the present. References to gender relations are deeply...

Growing up Female in Multi-Ethnic Malaysia

Growing up Female in Multi-Ethnic Malaysia

Cynthia Joseph
October 12, 2017

This book provides a rich, detailed analysis of the experiences of young women growing up in post-colonial, rapidly modernizing Malaysia. It considers the impact of ethnicity, socio-economic status, and school experiences and achievement. It discusses the effects of Malaysia’s ethnic affirmative...

Women, Sexual Violence and the Indonesian Killings of 1965-66

Women, Sexual Violence and the Indonesian Killings of 1965-66

Annie Pohlman
October 12, 2017

The Indonesian massacres of 1965-1966 claimed the lives of an estimated half a million men, women and children. Histories of this period of mass violence in Indonesia’s past have focused almost exclusively on top-level political and military actors, their roles in the violence, and their movements...

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