Andrea Fleschenberg, Claudia Derichs (Eds.)

Women and Politics in Asia

A Springboard for Democracy?
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Women and Politics in Asia
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  • 978-3-643-90099-9
  • 15
  • 2011
  • 184
  • broschiert
  • 24.90
Why study the nexus of gender, politics and democracy in Asia? What kind of democracy and... mehr
Why study the nexus of gender, politics and democracy in Asia? What kind of democracy and political participation can we conceptualize and identify for this heterogeneous region? In the increasingly visible Asian context, which concepts, contexts, discourses and practices do we need to reflect upon most in order to understand the complex relationship between gender and democratic processes? The authors in this book engage with precisely these crucial questions, and do so by drawing on a variety of case studies covering India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia. In the process, they scrutinize women's roles, strategies, practices and discourses on political participation and gender-inclusive political reform in various arenas of political engagement. Contributions to this volume range from studies of political actors and institutions, public policy and gender mainstreaming, political theory and citizenship discourses, to the study of various women's movements.

Andrea Fleschenberg is DAAD Long Term Guest Professor at the Qaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Claudia Derichs is the Chair for Comparative Politics and International Development Studies at the Institute of Political Science, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.

"As gendered political problematiques are further complicated by the diverse contexts of Asian life, struggles or claims toward change made by and for women must go beyond mere laundry-list statistics and must pay critical attention to details - after all, it is in these details that one would find democracy. (.) Talking about these details, narratives of contentions and small victories that fall in the cracks of the bigger tale of "formal" politics must also be recognized. Thus, in weaving the dynamic unfolding of the story on women and politics in Asia - whether as agents and/or beneficiaries of change - we must make a conscious effort to continually unearth "alternative" democracies that emerge as responses to various adversities that women face in the region. And this book contributes exactly to that."

Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza, Assistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

"Most of us are aware of the constraints faced by women when and if they want to venture into public space. These constraints are all the more difficult when politics is the name of the game and when women themselves organise to overcome these hurdles to demand their rights in very difficult contexts and terrains. This is where the strength of the book comes through: in narrating and analysing the contradictory dynamics within women's organisations and movements in confronting patriarchal walls, be they of the state, political institutions and/or even of their own communities, particularly in the context of convoluted democratic transitions and identity politics. (.) The differing struggles with varying outcomes are important sign posts and lessons for those interested in the nexus of gender, politics and democracy in South and Southeast Asia."

Cecilia Ng, Visiting Professor Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
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