Lost Goddesses: The Denial Of Female Power In Cambodian History (Gendering Asia, No. 4)

by Jacobsen, Trudy

Lost Goddesses: The Denial Of Female Power In Cambodian History (Gendering Asia, No. 4)

Price:  US$28.73   (SGD39.90*)
Format:  Paper Back, 327 pages
Published:  2008, Denmark, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9788776940010
SB#:  040986 (160)

About This Book

Women had a high status in pre-modern Southeast Asia; this is constantly stated, especially in relation to discussions on the status of women today in the region. Why, then, is it that the position of women there today is far from equitable? Few studies have examined how, when or why this change came about. Based on the author's doctoral thesis, this is the first study ever to address the place of women in Cambodian history. It revises accepted perspectives of the history and geopolitical organisation of Cambodia since c. 230 C.E. In so doing, the book examines the relationship between women and power and analyses the extent of female political and economic participation as revealed in historical sources, including the ways in which women were represented in art and literature. By taking an analytical approach through the sequence of chronological periods, it is possible to determine when and why the status of women changed and what factors contributed to these changes. Significantly, although Cambodian women have been represented at different times as "powerless" in western analyses, they have continued to exercise authority outside those areas of concern to western constructs of power.

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