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

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

Love and Marriage in Globalizing China

Love and Marriage in Globalizing China

1st Edition

Wang Pan
October 12, 2017

As China globalizes, the number of marriages between Chinese people and foreigners is increasing. These Chinese--foreign marriages have profound implications for China’s cultural identity. This book, based on extensive original research, outlines the different types of Chinese--foreign marriage,...

Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan

Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan

1st Edition

Emma Dalton
May 25, 2017

This book looks at the gendering of the political system in Japan and the effects of that system on gender equality in national-level politics specifically and wider society more generally. It examines the approach taken by the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to issues of gender equality...

Women and Sex Work in Cambodia: Blood, sweat and tears

Women and Sex Work in Cambodia: Blood, sweat and tears

1st Edition

Larissa Sandy
May 25, 2017

Prostitution is strongly embedded in local cultural practices in Cambodia. Based on extensive original research, this book explores the nature of prostitution in Cambodia, providing explanations of why the phenomenon is so widely tolerated. It outlines the background of the French colonial period,...

Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire

Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire

1st Edition

Maria Platt
May 17, 2017

Marriage is central to Indonesia’s social fabric and critical in defining socially legitimate relationships. This book offers a rich anthropological account of Muslim Indonesian women’s experiences of courtship, love, marital discord and separation, polygamy, divorce and remarriage. By applying a...

The Korean Women's Movement and the State: Bargaining for Change

The Korean Women's Movement and the State: Bargaining for Change

1st Edition

Seung-kyung Kim, Kyounghee Kim
July 20, 2016

This book asks what strategies women’s movements can employ to induce law and policy changes at the national level that will assist women’s equality without sacrificing their feminist energy, movement cohesiveness and core feminist commitments. The book takes up this question in order to emphasize...

Gender and Power in Indonesian Islam: Leaders, feminists, Sufis and pesantren selves

Gender and Power in Indonesian Islam: Leaders, feminists, Sufis and pesantren selves

1st Edition

Bianca J. Smith, Mark Woodward
January 21, 2016

The traditional Islamic boarding schools known as pesantren are crucial centres of Muslim learning and culture within Indonesia, but their cultural significance has been underexplored. This book is the first to explore understandings of gender and Islam in pesantren and Sufi orders in Indonesia. By...

Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, Gender and Islam in the Maldives

Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, Gender and Islam in the Maldives

1st Edition

Emma Fulu
January 21, 2016

This book explores changing patterns of domestic violence in Asia. Based on extensive original research in the Maldives, it argues that forces of globalisation, consumerism, Islamism and democratisation are changing the nature of domestic relations, with shifting ideas surrounding gender and Islam...

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