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Sisters and Lovers: Women and Desire in Bali - Asian Voices (Hardback)
  • Sisters and Lovers: Women and Desire in Bali - Asian Voices (Hardback)
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Sisters and Lovers: Women and Desire in Bali - Asian Voices (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 23/11/2002
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This rich ethnography in a rural village in North Bali illuminates the construction of desire by exploring cultural practices regarding courtship and marriage, motherhood, and connubial fidelity. The way these cornerstones of daily life are played out in the alternative arenas of tourism and illness highlight pervasive gender disparities in the expression of sexuality. By allowing key informants to tell their stories in their own voices and by skillfully interweaving fictionalized interludes, the author gives us not only a rigorously researched ethnography but an intimate and fully realized portrait of Balinese women's innermost desires.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742518636
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The vivid portrayal of the eroticised subjectivity of North Balinese women is complemented by rich analyses of social life. Jennaway provides us with a profound understanding of the impediments to women's agency, while at the same time speaking eloquently of women's strength and determination. -- Linda Connor, University of Newcastle, Australia
This is a really enjoyable book; it is engagingly written and easy to read, and the issues raised are long neglected and important. It contributes new understandings of Balinese society. Jennaway explicitly targets the traditional muteness and objectification of women in Bali, and aims to make women the articulate subjects of the book. In this, she succeeds admirably. In Balinese society and in the anthological literature on Bali, women's voices have traditionally been suppressed (Ch. 1). In focusing on female experience and subjectivity, and especially in attending to young women's unconventional expressions of desire (for example, deception of parents, 'hysterical' attacks; Chs 6 and 7), Jennaway allows the women to 'speak' and express their feelings. -- Lyn Parker, The University of Western Australia * Anthropological Forum, Vol 15, No. 1, March 2005 *
[Sisters and a Lovers] is beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and detailed in its analysis and conclusions. -- Laura Noszlopy * Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute *
Richly textured and emotionally evocative, Jennaway's 'embodied ethnography' makes a compelling case for the linkages between women's speech, sexuality, and relative powerlessness. The book is a valuable and vivid analysis of Balinese emotional life and gender roles. This important study will be of interest to a wide and varied audience. -- Nancy J. Smith-Hefner, Boston University * Asian Studies *
An original, compelling, and beautifully paced book that marries ethnography and theory artfully and captures the realities of its subjects skillfully and convincingly. It will be an important contribution to the literature in the fields of sexuality and gender studies, area studies, and ethnography. -- Lenore Manderson, University of Melbourne

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