Drawing on fieldwork carried out among male motor mechanics in the Chinese diaspora of Penang, Malaysia, this informative volume explores the links between technology and the masculinization of power. Malaysia shares an obsession with modernity by way of technological development and a "can do" entrepreneurial spirit where technology is held in high esteem. Technology holds such positive connotations in Malaysian society that it is therefore a source of individual and national empowerment. Technology and modernity are therefore important factors when understanding contemporary Malaysian society. Just as there is very much a masculine ethos pervading Malaysia's spirit and belief in modernity and progress, this insightful and rewarding book focuses on technology and machines in relation to masculinity to provide an innovative, anthropological perspective of Malaysian society and the Chinese diaspora.
Table of Contents
Contents: Prologue; Introduction; The ethnographic setting; 'What's on the first page...?' A discussion of the reciprocal making of an ethnography; Becoming a man and growing up male; The embodiment of a mechanic; Working hard and making money; Transgressing gender and class; Epilogue - towards intersectional analyses of masculinities; References; Index.
Ulf MellstrÃ¶m is Associate Professor within the Department of Technology and Social Change at LinkÃ¶ping University and also within the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Skovde, Sweden.