Violence Against Women in Asian Societies

Gender Inequality and Technologies of Violence

Edited by Linda Rae Bennett, Lenore Manderson

© 2003 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Violence against women is a violation of women's human rights and a priority public health issue. It is endemic worldwide. While much has been written about it in industrialized societies, there has been relatively little attention given to such violence in Asian societies. This book addresses the structural and interpersonal violences to which women are subject, both under conditions of conflict and disruption, and where civil society is relatively ordered. It explores sexual violence and coercion, domestic violence, and violence within the broader community and the state, avoiding sensationalised accounts of so-called cultural' practices in favour of nuanced explorations of violences as experienced in Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and India.


'The authors challenge lazy generalizations and essentialized culturalist approaches, and the essays are written in an accessible and concise manner, providing in-depth analysis of each case.' - Pacific Affairs

'This collection of studies … will prove to be a valuable resource for many social science disciplines.' - Pacific Affairs

'There is an impressive balance between the discussion of literature and the presentation of the authors' own research.' - British Sociology Association

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Notes on contributors List of tables Chapter 1. Introduction: gender inequality and technologies of violence Linda Rae Bennett and Lenore Manderson Chapter 2. Violence against Maranao Musluim women in the Philippines Anne-Marie Hilsdon Chapter 3. Presumed Consent: marital violence in Bugis society Nurul Ilmis Idrus and Linda Bennett Chapter 4. "Loss of face": violence against women in South Asia Mridula Bandyopadhyay and Mahmuda Khan Chapter 5. Behind bamboo fences: forms of violence against women in Myanmar Monique Skidmore Chapter 6. Rape and sexual transgression in Cambodian society Rebecca Surtees Chapter 7. Sexual coercion amongst adolescents of an urban slum in India Geeta Sidhi and Manish Verma Chapter 8. Violence against women: the challenges for malaysian women Rebecca Foley Chapter 9. Notes on out-of-place widow Jacqueline Aquino Siapno Chapter 10. Whose honour, whose shame? Gender-based violence, rights and health Jill Astbury Bibliography Index

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:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies