Women and the Politics of Gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste: Between Heaven and Earth, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women and the Politics of Gender in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste

Between Heaven and Earth, 1st Edition

Edited by Sara Niner


222 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book presents a wide-ranging overview of the position of women in Timor-Leste, 15 years after the country secured its independence. It considers the role of women in Timor-Leste’s history, explores their role in the present day economy and politics, and discusses their contribution to culture and society. The contested meaning of gender itself is investigated in the contemporary culture of this new society. It applies a wide range of different feminist theories and approaches, and concludes with a discussion of what new directions gender studies in Timor-Leste might take.

Table of Contents

1.Iha lalehan nia klaran no rai – Living between Heaven and Earth: Understanding jender in Timor-Leste. Sara Niner 2. The Lost Queens of Timor Hans Hagerdal & Douglas Kammen 3. Beyond the Timorese National Orthodoxy: The ‘Herstory’ of Bi-Murak Teresa Cunha4. FOKUPERS – The East Timorese Women’s Communication Forum: the Development of Timor’s First Women’s NGO. Janet Hunt 5. The Problem of Gender Quotas: Women’s Representatives on Suku Councils Deb Cummins 6. Gendered Access to Customary Land in East Timor. Pyone Myat Thu, Steffanie Scott & Kimberly P. Van Niel7. Budgetary Policy, Gender Equality and the Politics of Change in Timor-Leste Monica Costa & Rhonda Sharp 8. East Timorese Women Challenge Domestic Violence Nina Hall 9. Bikan ho Kanuru mak Tarutu – When Plates and Spoons Make Noise: Domestic Violence and Customary Law in Timor-Leste United Nations Development Program-Timor-Leste 10. A Gender perspective on the Catholic Church and Reproductive Health Rights in Timor-Leste Esther Richards 11. Negotiating Culture and Gender Expectations in Timor-Leste: Ambiguities in Post-Colonial Governance Strategies Kelly da Silva & Daniel Simião 12. Establishing a Research Agenda for Gender Studies in Timor Leste Sara Niner

About the Editor

Sara Niner is a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email: [email protected]


Editorial Board:

Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)

Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales) 

Michele Ford (The University of Sydney)

Trude Jacobsen (Northern Illinois University)

Tanya Jakimow (University of New South Wales)

Lenore Lyons (Independent scholar)

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)

Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Dina Siddiqi (New York University)

Andrea Whittaker (The University of Queensland)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies