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Author Thorbek, Susanne.

Title Gender and slum culture in urban Asia / Susanne Thorbek ; translated by Brian Fredsfod.

Published London ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Zed Books, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.42095493 THOR    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Slumkultur og køn. English
Physical description 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [230]-233).
Contents Pt. 1. Urbanization and Gender. 1. The City. 2. The Welfare State. 3. Migration and Gender. 4. Women's Lives in Ratmalana and Khlong Toey - Urbanization and Gender Struggle -- Pt. 2. The Significance of Being a Woman. 5. Gender as Destiny. 6. Clusters around the Mother. 7. Work and Identity. 8. Women's Lives in Ratmalana and Khlong Toey - Material Conditions and Identity -- Pt. 3. Two Women. 9. Swarna. 10. Damnika -- Pt. 4. Slum Culture and Gender. 11. Slum Culture and Social Movements. 12. Slum Culture in Daily Life. 13. Organization in Ratmalana. 14. Women's Lives in Ratmalana and Khlong Toey - Gender and Culture.
Summary Rapid urbanization has always spawned slums. But what are they like to live in? And particularly for women? This study of slum culture and gender relations compares two slums in Asia - Ratmalana in Colombo and Khlong Toey in Bangkok - and shows how the impact of urbanization, economic change and national politics has differed significantly in Sri Lanka and Thailand, despite their common cultural background of Theravada Buddhism. The book explores the impact of these differences on gender relations and the lives of the very poorest men and women. Dr Thorbek, a Danish sociologist, discusses how gender identity is defined; the contradictions between culture as publicly expressed and privately practised in women's daily activities; and how female identity may be understood in each country. And, as in her previous, highly acclaimed Voices from the City; Women of Bangkok (Zed Books, 1987), the author allows the women in the slums to speak through her pages.
Subject Women -- Social networks -- Sri Lanka -- Colombo.
Women -- Social networks -- Thailand -- Bangkok.
Poor women -- Sri Lanka -- Colombo -- Social conditions.
Poor women -- Thailand -- Bangkok -- Social conditions.
Slums -- Sri Lanka -- Colombo.
Slums -- Thailand -- Bangkok.
ISBN 1856491285 (paperback)
1856491277 (hbk.)