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Annuska Derks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831288

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831288.001.0001

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Women, Ideals, and Migration

Women, Ideals, and Migration

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Khmer Women on the Move

Annuska Derks

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at how discussions about gender in Cambodian society have confusingly pointed to male dominance, the relative equality of men and women, and the “high status” and “considerable authority” of women. Despite being incompatible, these statements can all be true and reflect above all the complexity of gender constructs within Cambodian society. Scholars writing on gender point out the need to pay attention to the historical context, global capitalist expansion, and development of gender constructions. By focusing on the contradictory and ambiguous interpretations of gender conceptions, ideals, and positions, the chapter sets the stage for further exploration of the processes of female mobility and employment, along with the diverse ways in which these influence young rural women as they make sense of their lives in the city.

Keywords:   Cambodian society, gender constructions, gender equality, global capitalist expansion, female mobility, female employment, young rural women

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