The Discrepancy Between the Public and the Private Selves of Indonesian Women: A Comparison of Published and Unpublished Autobiographies and Diaries

The Discrepancy Between the Public and the Private Selves of Indonesian Women: A Comparison of Published and Unpublished Autobiographies and Diaries

By: Soe Tjen Marching (author)Hardback

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Description

This study investigates public and private representations of identities of Indonesian women in the New Order period (1967-1998) in the form of published autobiographies and unpublished diaries collected during fieldwork. During the New Order era, the government tried to indoctrinate conservative ideas about gender using various media. While autobiographies published in New Order Indonesia did not have the freedom to challenge the authoritative eye, those women who produced such works are still perceived as exerting their individuality and criticizing, however indirectly, the social conditions surrounding them. In the unpublished diaries considered, although the authors are more vocal in their dissension, nevertheless one discovers the reflection of patriarchal values in Indonesia.

About Author

Dr. Soe Tjen Marching is an independent scholar and freelance journalist who has published on gender issues and taught at several universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The Evolution of Identity and Cultural Origin in Indonesian Life Writing; 3. The Reader of Indonesian Women's Autobiographies and Diaries: Between the Public and Private Self; 4. Women's Individuality: Self-Importance and Ambition; 5. The Government and Its Institutions as Readers; 6. The State and Political Ideology as Readers in Diaries; 7. Indonesian Women's Sexuality in Published Autobiographies; 8. The Expression of Sexual and Romantic Passion in Unpublished Diaries; 9. Women's Power in Negotiating Social Constructions; 10. Conclusion; Appendix: List of Autobiographies and Diaries; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773454354
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 268
  • ID: 9780773454354
  • ISBN10: 0773454357

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