Power, Resistance and Women Politicians in Cambodia: Discourses of Emancipation

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by Mona Lilja

These unique insights into the political struggles of Cambodian women extend the concept of resistance and create a framework of analysis that will inspire researchers in other fields. In a world where there are few women politicians, Cambodia is still noticeable as a country where strong cultural and societal forces act to subjugate women and limit their political opportunities. However, in their everyday life, Cambodian women do try to improve their situation and increase their political power, not least via manifold strategies of resistance.

This book focuses on Cambodian female politicians and the strategies they deploy in their attempts to destabilize the cultural boundaries and hierarchies that restrain them. In particular, the book focuses on how women use discourses and identities as means of resistance, a concept only recently of wide interest among scholars studying power. The value of this book is thus twofold: not only does it give a unique insight into the political struggles of Cambodian women but also offers new insights to studies of power.

"Lilja’s pioneering study has begun to give preliminary form to a virtual tabula rasa, helping to lead the way for future scholarship." - Katherine Bowie, Unviersity of Wisconsin-Madison, The Journal of Politics and Gender, Vol. 6, 2009

Mona Lilja has a Ph. D. in Peace and Development Research and work as lecturer and researcher at the Department of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr Lilja has previously written about Cambodian women and their different strategies fighting an uneven distribution of power between men and women within the political sector.

Publication year: 2008
224 pp / 214mm x 137mm
ISBN: 978-87-7694-020-1, Paperback
ISBN: 978-87-91114-71-7, Hardback

NIAS Press