Gender, civil society and politics in Cambodia

In a new review posted at the JCA website, Julie Bernath writes about Mona Lilja’s Resisting Gendered Norms. Civil Society, the Juridical and Political Space in Cambodia, published by Ashgate in 2013.Cambodia book

The publisher’s blurb states:

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.

In her review, Bernath states that the “strength of Lilja’s analysis lies in its contributions to contemporary debates on resistance and power.” She concludes:

Drawing on … different case studies of discursive resistance in Cambodia, the book provides a powerful and dense analysis of the entanglements of power and resistance around gender in a post-conflict country. Spanning different arenas …, it will attract the interest of researchers focusing on Cambodia as well as those working on gender studies, resistance studies or transitional justice.

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