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Author Derks, Annuska, author

Title Khmer women on the move : exploring work and life in urban Cambodia / Annuska Derks
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2008


Description 1 online resource (ix, 258 pages) : illustrations
Series Southeast Asia--politics, meaning, and memory
Southeast Asia--politics, meaning, memory.
Contents Introduction -- Rice people in the city -- Women, ideals and migration -- Factory work -- Sex work -- Street trade -- City life and modern experience -- Dutiful daughters, broken women -- Conclusion: Moving women, moving selves
Summary Khmer Women on the Move offers a fascinating ethnography of young Cambodian women who move from the countryside to work in Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh. Female migration and urban employment are rising, triggered by Cambodia's transition from a closed socialist system to an open market economy. This book challenges the dominant views of these young rural women--that they are controlled by global economic forces and national development policies or trapped by restrictive customs and Cambodia's tragic history. The author shows instead how these women shape and influence the processes of change taking place in present-day Cambodia. Based on field research among women working in the garment industry, prostitution, and street trading, the book explores the complex interplay between their experiences and actions, gender roles, and the broader historical context. The focus on women involved in different kinds of work allows new insight into women's mobility, highlighting similarities and differences in working conditions and experiences. Young women's ability to utilize networks of increasing size and complexity allows them to move into and between geographic and social spaces that extend far beyond the village context. Women's mobility is further expressed in the flexible patterns of behavior that young rural women display when trying to fulfill their own "modern" aspirations along with their family obligations and cultural ideals
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-250) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
In English
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Subject Young women -- Cambodia -- Social conditions
Urban women -- Cambodia -- Social conditions
Urban women -- Employment -- Cambodia
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Life Stages -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Women's Studies.
Urban women -- Employment
Urban women -- Social conditions
Young women -- Social conditions
Levnadsförhållanden -- städer -- Kambodja.
Unga kvinnor.
Unga kvinnor -- sociala förhållanden -- Kambodja.
Kvinnor i städer -- sociala förhållanden -- Kambodja.
Kvinnor i städer -- arbete och arbetsmarknad -- Kambodja.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781435666573