Women in Southeast Asia

Myanmar . Cambodia . Laos . Thailand . Vietnam . Indonesia . Singapore . Timor . Philippines . Malaysia . Brunei

By Surajit Kumar Bhagowati

The 11 countries (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Timor, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei) of Southeast Asia include over 600 million people. Despite great linguistic and cultural diversity, the region is characterized by the relatively favorable position of women in comparison with neighboring East Asia or South Asia. The position of women in Southeast Asia is often cited as evidence that women are not universally subjugated to men. In the context of women's status, this book examines the social system in Southeast Asia during the pre-colonial, colonial, and modern periods. The book first explains the geography of the region and describes the role of women in relation to men. Further chapters are devoted to the individual countries of the region. The book also includes two appendices: one describing the eminent women who have influenced the social, political, and cultural lives of Southeast Asia; and the other narrating the harrowing tales of comfort stations run by the Japanese Imperial Forces during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and the Pacific War/World War II (1941-1945). [Subject: Southeast Asian Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, History]

266 pages

Publication Date: 1/20/2014
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788177083743