Speaking to Power: Gender and Politics in the Western Pacific

1st Edition

Lynn Wilson

Routledge
Published February 14, 1995
Reference - 230 Pages
ISBN 9780415909242 - CAT# RT939

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Summary

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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