Gendered Politics of Power in Contemporary Cambodia

Authored by: Mona Lilja , Mikael Baaz

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837

10.4324/9781315736709.ch26

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Abstract

The complexities of the various gendered positions we perform do not correspond to the stereotyped images of men and women, which dominate in society. While we live in multi-ethnic globalized societies, the complexities of these societies are not reflected in how we display ourselves; there is a gap when it comes to “adequate” representations (Lilja 2008; Peterson and Runyan 1993). Put otherwise, current discourses are marked by a generalization and reduction of what is masculine and what is feminine. This has become a general concern for many feminist researchers, pinpointing that: “if the imaginary can only function through the dualistic system of oppositions between us and them, man and woman…, we might as well give up” (Braidotti 2011).

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