Political scientists have, on occasion, missed subtle but powerful forms of 'everyday resistance' and have not been able to show how different representations (pictures, statements, images, practices) have different impacts when negotiating power. Instead they have concentrated on open forms of resistance, organized rebellions and collective actions. Departing from James Scott's idea that oppression and resistance are in constant change, Resisting Gendered Norms provides us with a compelling account on the nexus between gender, resistance and gender-based violence in Cambodia. To illustrate how resistance is often carried out in the tension between, on the one hand, universal/globalised representations and, on the other, local 'truths' and identity constructions, in-depth interviews with civil society representatives, politicians as well as stakeholders within the legal/juridical system were conducted.
Mona Lilja is Associate Professor in Peace and Development Studies and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Contents: Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Theorising power and resistance; Gender roles and practices in Cambodia. Part I Gender, Resistance and Gender-Based Violence: Theorising practice: understanding resistance against gender-based violence in Cambodia; The construction of a trauma: gender-based violence issues in the Extraordinary Court of the Chambers of Cambodia; Bearing witness: biopower and resistance in the ECCC. Part II Gender, Resistance and National Politics: Gendering political legitimacy through the reproduction of memories and violent discourses in Cambodia; Globalisation, women's political participation and the politics of legitimacy and reconstruction in Cambodia; Theorising resistance: mapping, concretism and universalism; The gaps of the 'linguistic turn': resistance in the nexus of representations, the 'surplus' and the material; Concluding reflections; List of references; Index.