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Women and the colonial state : essays on gender and modernity in the Netherlands Indies, 1900-1942 /
Elsbeth Locher-Scholten.
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Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, c2000.
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251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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9053564039
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Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, c2000.
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9053564039
catalogue key
4209901
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-238) and indexes.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elsbeth Locher-Scholten is Associate Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Summaries
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In this text, five essays cover five different fields of the female experience in colonial Indonesia: labour legislation, Indonesian servants in colonial homes, Dutch colonial fashion and food, women's suffrage and the debate about monogamy.
Main Description
Woman and the Colonial Statedeals with the ambiguous relationship between women of both the European and the Indonesian population and the colonial state in the former Netherlands Indies in the first half of the twentieth century. Based on new data from a variety of sources: colonial archives, journals, household manuals, children's literature, and press surveys, it analyses the women-state relationship by presenting five empirical studies on subjects, in which women figured prominently at the time: Indonesian labour, Indonesian servants in colonial homes, Dutch colonial fashion and food, the feminist struggle for the vote and the intense debate about monogamy of and by women at the end of the 1930s. An introductory essay combines the outcomes of the case studies and relates those to debates about Orientalism, the construction of whiteness, and to questions of modernity and the colonial state formation.
Main Description
Woman and the Colonial State deals with the ambiguous relationship between women of both the European and the Indonesian population and the colonial state in the former Netherlands Indies in the first half of the twentieth century. Based on new data from a variety of sources: colonial archives, journals, household manuals, children's literature, and press surveys, it analyses the women-state relationship by presenting five empirical studies on subjects, in which women figured prominently at the time: Indonesian labour, Indonesian servants in colonial homes, Dutch colonial fashion and food, the feminist struggle for the vote and the intense debate about monogamy of and by women at the end of the 1930s. An introductory essay combines the outcomes of the case studies and relates those to debates about Orientalism, the construction of whiteness, and to questions of modernity and the colonial state formation
Main Description
Woman and the Colonial State deals with the ambiguous relationship between women of both the European and the Indonesian population and the colonial state in the former Netherlands Indies in the first half of the twentieth century. Based on new data from a variety of sources: colonial archives, journals, household manuals, children's literature, and press surveys, it analyses the women-state relationship by presenting five empirical studies on subjects, in which women figured prominently at the time: Indonesian labour, Indonesian servants in colonial homes, Dutch colonial fashion and food, the feminist struggle for the vote and the intense debate about monogamy of and by women at the end of the 1930s. An introductory essay combines the outcomes of the case studies and relates those to debates about Orientalism, the construction of whiteness, and to questions of modernity and the colonial state formation.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
By Way of a Prologue and Epilogue: Gender, Modernity and the Colonial Statep. 13
After the 'The Family of Man'p. 13
Women and the Colonial Statep. 14
Historical Contextp. 16
Contentsp. 23
Orientalism, Gender and Classp. 25
Whiteness and 'European-ness'p. 30
Colonial Modernity and Genderp. 32
Nation-State and Female Colonial Citizenshipp. 37
Female Labour in Twentieth Century Colonial Java: European Notions--Indonesian Practicesp. 49
Introductionp. 49
European Notionsp. 50
Female Night Labour in the Netherlands Indiesp. 52
The Indonesian Practice: Figures from the 1920s and 1930sp. 55
Analyses of Indigenous Agriculturep. 55
The Census of 1930p. 59
The Coolie Budget Survey in Java 1939-1940p. 63
Concluding Remarksp. 70
'So Close and Yet So Far': European Ambivalence towards Javanese Servantsp. 85
Introductionp. 85
Sources and Their Authorsp. 86
'Different' or 'One Step Behind'?p. 87
Facts and Figures on Colonial Domesticsp. 88
Manuals and Advice Literaturep. 94
Children's Literaturep. 101
Servants in Youth Literaturep. 103
Concluding Remarksp. 109
Summer Dresses and Canned Food: European Women and Western Lifestylesp. 121
Introductionp. 121
European Women in the Colonial Communityp. 122
What to Wear?p. 126
Shopping, Sewing and the Jahitp. 131
The Illusion of Westernisationp. 135
European Foodp. 141
In the Shadow of the Second World Warp. 143
Concluding Remarksp. 145
Feminism, Citizenship and the Struggle for Women's Suffrage in a Colonial Contextp. 151
Introductionp. 151
Gender and Class in Representative Institutionsp. 152
The First Phase: 1908-1925p. 153
The Second Phase: In the Indies, 1925-1937p. 157
Indonesian and Colonial Feminismp. 160
The First Female Member of the People's Councilp. 166
The Third Phase: 1937-1941p. 168
Winning the Right to Votep. 173
Concluding Remarksp. 175
Marriage, Morality and Modernity: The 1937 Debate on Monogamyp. 187
Introductionp. 187
Marriage in Colonial Indonesiap. 189
Indonesian Requestsp. 190
The Debate of the 1920s and 1930s: The Indonesian Perspectivep. 191
The Colonial Government's Positionp. 192
The Two Origins of the Draftp. 194
Intersection of Gender, Race and Classp. 196
Indonesian Reactionsp. 198
Islamic Argumentsp. 200
Secular Criticismsp. 202
The Bangoen Affairp. 204
Consequencesp. 206
Concluding Remarksp. 209
Bibliographyp. 219
Glossaryp. 239
Indexp. 241
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