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The Women's Movement in Postcolonial Indonesia
Gender and Nation in a New Democracy

ISBN 9780415546232
Published June 30, 2010 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines women's activism in the early years of independent Indonesia when new attitudes to gender, nationalism, citizenship and democratization were forming. It questions the meaning of democratization for women and their relationship to national sovereignty within the new Indonesian state, and discusses women's organizations and their activities; women's social and economic roles; and the different cultural, regional and ethnic attitudes towards women, while showing the failure of political change to fully address women's gender interests and needs. The author argues that both the role of nationalism in defining gender identity and the role of gender in defining national identity need equal recognition.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Theoretical and Historical Background 1. Missing Images: Approaching Indonesian Women's Activism 2. Emergence of a Women's Movement: Nationalism and women's rights in Indonesia 1900-49 Part 2 Women's Mobilization in the 1950s - The National Level 3. The Promise of Independence: Women's Mobilization in a New Nation-State 4. Meeting Practical Gender Interests: Women's Organizations' Socio-Economic Activities 5. Representing Women in a New Democracy: Women's Organizations and National Politics 6. Confronting the State: The Fight for a Marriage Law Part 3 Challenging the National Level Perspective 7. Women's International Interests: Representing Gender and Nation at the International Level 8. Unity in Diversity: Women's Regional Interests in 1950s Indonesia 9. Constructing Womanhood in a New Nation-State: Indonesian Women's Experiences of Independence and Democracy Appendix: Examples of women's organisations belonging to Kongres Wanita Indonesia 1958 Glossary Bibliography

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Elizabeth Martyn completed a MA at Canterbury University, New Zealand in 1993 and a PhD in Politics at Monash University, Australia in 2001. She is a Honorary Research Associate of the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University and has an extensive research record in the areas of women's political participation, women and development, children's rights, and global justice issues. Based in New Zealand, she currently works in the international aid and development sector.


'As a descriptive account, this book is a valuable contribution to the literature on Indonesian women's history' - Agung Ayu Ratib, International Review of Social History, 2008