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A State Of Ambivalence: Feminism And A Singaporean Women’S Organisation, Lenore T. Lyons Mar 2000

A State Of Ambivalence: Feminism And A Singaporean Women’S Organisation, Lenore T. Lyons

Faculty of Arts - Papers (Archive)

There has been some interest in recent years in identifying the features or characteristics of an ‘Asian’ or ‘Third-World’ feminism (Moraga and Anzaldua 1983; Jayawardena 1986; Grewal et al. 1988; Mohanty 1991; Basu 1995; Alexander and Mohanty 1997). Part of this concern has focused on a costs-benefits analysis of Asian women ‘coming out’ as feminists in overtly hostile political climates. For many women embracing the identity ‘feminist’ continues to be a difficult process. Caught within multiple and shifting discourses that serve to inscribe place, allegiance and behaviour, being a feminist is not only an expression of individual political belief, but ...


Book Review, Richard Utz And Tom Shippey (Eds), Medievalism And The Modern World: Essays In Honour Of Leslie Workman, Louise D'Arcens Jan 2000

Book Review, Richard Utz And Tom Shippey (Eds), Medievalism And The Modern World: Essays In Honour Of Leslie Workman, Louise D'Arcens

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As an area of enquiry, the academic study of medievalism has seemed constitutionally, and indeed institutionally, marginal. Neither fish nor fowl, its interdisciplinarity has long consigned it in the eyes of many medievalists to the shadowy realm of para-disciplinarity, seemingly doomed to the task of merely commenting on the work of others. In recent years, however, Anglophone medieval studies has witnessed the growing momentum of what might be called a "medievalist turn". The emergence of numerous studies of the historical and political forces buttressing the emergence of the discipline, along with the biographical studies of Helen Damico and Norman Cantor ...


Costing The Earth: Equity, Sustainable Development And Environmental Economics, Sharon Beder Jan 2000

Costing The Earth: Equity, Sustainable Development And Environmental Economics, Sharon Beder

Faculty of Arts - Papers (Archive)

The ethical principle of equity, particularly intergenerational equity, is central to the concept of sustainable development. Yet governments all over the world are adopting sustainable development policies that reinforce existing inequities and create new ones. These policies have been strongly influenced by environmental economists of the neoclassical school. They involve monetary valuation of the environment and the use of financial incentives aimed at using market mechanisms to allocate scarce environmental resources. However these policies tend to remove decision-making power from the community and cause some sections of the community to bear more than their fair share of environmental burdens


The Limits Of Feminist Political Intervention In Singapore, Lenore T. Lyons Jan 2000

The Limits Of Feminist Political Intervention In Singapore, Lenore T. Lyons

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In recent years increasing attention has focused on the Singapore government’s new attitude towards limited public participation in civil society. The women’s rights organisation the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) is one example of a nongovernment organisation (NGO) that is directly engaged in this newly emerging ‘civic’ society. AWARE’s activities are constrained, however, by a state demand that its objectives remain overtly ‘non-political’ and reformist in character. This has led some observers to comment that as a state-defined practice, feminism in Singapore is unable to address issues of structural inequality and difference.


Not The M-Word Again: Rhetoric And Silence In Recent Multiculturalism Debates, Wenche Ommundsen Jan 2000

Not The M-Word Again: Rhetoric And Silence In Recent Multiculturalism Debates, Wenche Ommundsen

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Disrupting The Center: Interrogating An ‘Asian Feminist’ Identity, Lenore T. Lyons Jan 2000

Disrupting The Center: Interrogating An ‘Asian Feminist’ Identity, Lenore T. Lyons

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The problem of ‘difference’ has emerged as a significant issue in western feminist theory making during the past two decades. In response to claims that mainstream feminism has ignored the lives and voices of third world women and women of colour, attention has increasingly been placed on the ways in which class and ‘race’ intersect in the everyday lived experiences of women. This work has sought to displace the hegemonic control of white, western women in the production of feminist knowledge. Despite a growing body of literature on women’s movements throughout the Asian region, however, common-sense perceptions of Asian ...


Book Review Of: Tracking King Kong: A Hollywood Icon In World Culture, Brian M. Yecies Jan 2000

Book Review Of: Tracking King Kong: A Hollywood Icon In World Culture, Brian M. Yecies

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Home Invasion: Television, Identity And Belonging In Sydney's Western Suburbs, Tanja Dreher Jan 2000

Home Invasion: Television, Identity And Belonging In Sydney's Western Suburbs, Tanja Dreher

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Television occupies a central place in most Australian homes, and 'TV talk' is an important process in negotiations of individual and group identities (Gillespie. 1995). TV is the focus of many private, family interactions. As a 'window on the world', television is also a primary source of information about public life. Thus TV is deeply implicated both in interactions within the home, and in our understandings of the wider 'home' of the nation. This paper draws on discussions with diverse community groups in and around Cabramatta to explore the crucial role of TV in negotiations of 'home' and 'belonging' in ...


The Role Of Technology In Sustainable Development, Sharon Beder Jan 2000

The Role Of Technology In Sustainable Development, Sharon Beder

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No abstract provided.


(De)Constructing The Interview: A Critique Of The Participatory Method, Lenore T. Lyons, J. Chipperfield Jan 2000

(De)Constructing The Interview: A Critique Of The Participatory Method, Lenore T. Lyons, J. Chipperfield

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Feminist approaches to the use of interviewing emphasise the importance of building rapport with respondents in order to achieve a successful research outcome. This ‘participatory model’ is concerned with addressing power differentials between researcher and researched and thus producing non-hierarchical, non-manipulative research relationships. We argue that the continued centring of rapport as a key interview strategy ignores both the nature of power relationships within the interview, as well as interviewee subjectivity. Drawing on our own experiences of interviewing we examine the ways in which both interviewer and interviewee are placed along intersecting axes of power. An analysis of the complex ...


Private Desires, Public Pleasures: Community And Identity In A Postmodern World, Anthony Ashbolt Jan 2000

Private Desires, Public Pleasures: Community And Identity In A Postmodern World, Anthony Ashbolt

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As George Orwell, Herbert Marcuse and, more recently John Ralston Saul have argued, language can be a key mechanism whereby social reality is blurred, camouflaged or distorted (Orwell 1957: 143-57; MarcuseI972: 78-103; Saul 1997: 41-75). Slogans, buzzwords and words blatantly misused permeate contemporary discourse. Just as the advertising industry can take a word like 'freedom' and render it a commodity, so too politicians and journalists can take a word like 'reform; and strip it of meaning. We are told, for example, of the reforms of the Kennett government in Victoria. Closing hospitals and schools and wrecking the industrial relations system ...