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Feminism and the womens movement in Malaysia : an unsung (r)evolution
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Routledge Malaysian studies series ; 2
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Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge 2006
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30000010104948 HQ1750.6 N42 2006 Open Access Book
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Combining both personal and academic insights into the Malaysian women's movement, this study provides an in-depth account of the multiple struggles of the Malaysian women's movement, from securing gender equality in a patriarchal society to achieving unity among members of a multi-ethnic society that are further divided along class and religious lines.

Most historical versions of national struggles have created icons out of male figures. The authors of this book have provided a corrective to this. They detail the importance of the role of the women's movement, led by numerous unsung personalities in promoting social change in Malaysia. The book centres on a crucial argument: that in the context of an ethnically fragmented post-colonial, authoritarian society, an autonomous woman movement, which began in the early eighties had actually achieved significant political success. However the study observes that by the late 1990s, feminist issues were also readily appropriated by the state and the market, and also suggests that the emergence of 'market feminism' poses specific challenges for the future of the Malaysian women's movement. This thorough and engaging account of feminism and the women's movement in Malaysia will capture the interest of scholars, policy makers and activists.

Author Notes

Cecilia Ng was previously an Associate Professor at University Putra Malaysia and Visiting Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Maznah Mohamad is an Associate Professor of Development Studies and was formerly the Director of the Women's Development Research Centre at the Science University of Malaysia, Penang
Tan Beng Hui most recently worked as a Programme Officer with the International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (WRAW Asia Pacific)

Table of Contents

About the authorsp. vi
Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Accommodating feminisms: the women's movement in contemporary Malaysiap. 16
3 The violence against women campaign: a never-ending story?p. 41
4 An unholy alliance?: women engaging with the statep. 63
5 Negotiating political Islam: women in Malay-Muslim organizationsp. 84
6 Muted struggles: challenges of women workersp. 106
7 Querying the forbidden discourse: sexuality, power and dominance in Malaysiap. 131
8 Conclusion: the women's movement and discourse on sexualityp. 151
Appendix A

p. 169

Appendix B

p. 173

Appendix C

p. 175

Notesp. 182
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 212