Webs of Power offers a fresh perspective on women in Southeast Asia. Although the book focuses on one village, it provides vital insights into the gendered processes of post-coloniality. By exploring the contestations and accommodations being made in rural villages by both men and women, Webs of Power reveals the processes at the heart of globalization as well as the complexities of power that circulate between women and men in a rural peasant society.
Evelyn Blackwood is assistant professor in women's studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Purdue University.
Chapter 1 1 Introduction: Matriliny, Gender, and Power Chapter 2 2 Village Currents in West Sumatra Chapter 3 3 Senior Women and Their Houses Chapter 4 4 National Discourses and Daughters' Desires Chapter 5 5 Senior Women and Ceremonial Strategies Chapter 6 6 Ceremonial Practice and the Ideology of Rank Chapter 7 7 Controlling Labor, Controlling Kin: Village Farm Relations Chapter 8 8 The Politics of Power