Against Women
in Asian Societies:

Gender Inequality and Technologies of Violence

Edited by
Lenore Manderson
& Linda Rae Bennett

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Violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights and a priority public health issue. It is endemic worldwide. While much has been written about it in industrialized societies, there has been relatively little attention given to such violence in Asian societies. This book addresses the structural and interpersonal violences to which women are subject, both under conditions of conflict and disruption, and where civil society is relatively ordered. It explores sexual violence and coercion, domestic violence, and violence within the broader community and the state, avoiding sensationalised accounts of so-called cultural’ practices in favour of nuanced explorations of violences as experienced in Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and India.


Lenore Manderson is an inaugural ARC Federation Fellow and Professor of Medical Anthropology at Monash University. She has conducted research in anthropology, social history and public health in Australia, South East and East Asia, and Africa, and has a broad interest in social inclusion, inequality,  health, illness and wellbeing, and the social and political-economic factors that shape the human condition. She is co-editor of Chronic Conditions, Fluid States (2010) and author, among other works, of Surface Tensions (2011).

Linda Rae Bennett.

a table of

& Authors

Chapter 1. Introduction: gender inequality and technologies of violence 
Linda Rae Bennett and Lenore Manderson 

Chapter 2. Violence against Maranao Musluim women in the Philippines 
Anne-Marie Hilsdon

Chapter 3. Presumed Consent: marital violence in Bugis society 
Nurul Ilmis Idrus and Linda Bennett 

Chapter 4. “Loss of face”: violence against women in South Asia 
Mridula Bandyopadhyay and Mahmuda Khan 

Chapter 5. Behind bamboo fences: forms of violence against women in Myanmar 
Monique Skidmore 

Chapter 6. Rape and sexual transgression in Cambodian society 
Rebecca Surtees 

Chapter 7. Sexual coercion amongst adolescents of an urban slum in India 
Geeta Sidhi and Manish Verma 

Chapter 8. Violence against women: the challenges for Malaysian women 
Rebecca Foley

Chapter 9. Notes on out-of-place widow 
Jacqueline Aquino Siapno 

Chapter 10. Whose honour, whose shame? Gender-based violence, rights and health 
Jill Astbury