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.
Megan Jennaway is an honorary research advisor, Department of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ethnography and Fiction in Punyanwangi Chapter 2 Muting Desire: Women, Sex, and Discourse Chapter 3 Producing Desire: Village Economy and Social Organization Chapter 4 Marrying Desire: Locating Women in the Social Order Chapter 5 Depriving Desire: Lovina Tourism and the Economy of Pleasure Chapter 6 Delinquent Desire: Female Sexuality in Punyanwangi Chapter 7 Expressing Desire: Women and Hysteria in Punyanwangi Chapter 8 Conclusion: Denial and Delirium: Women's Desire as Transgressive Capital Chapter 9 Epilogue: The Naming Ceremony Chapter 10 Appendix A: On Ethnographic Truth(s) Chapter 11 Appendix B: Discourse and Dichotomies Chapter 12 Appendix C: Notes on the Village Household Census Chapter 13 Appendix D: Cloves Chapter 14 Appendix E: Gender and Labor in Punyanwangi Chapter 15 Appendix F: List of Agnatic Descent Groups (Tunggalan), Desa Adat Punyanwangi Chapter 16 Glossary