By Dorothy L. Hodgson (eds.)
Based on long term ethnographic study, the publication chapters discover the intersection of 'gender' and 'modernity' as they're mediated within the lives and subjectivities of numerous contributors and teams. How are the messages of modernity/tradition gendered? How are the fabric practices and cultural meanings of modernity formed through neighborhood rules of gender and 'progress'? jointly those chapters show that the tips of development, rationality, order, and improvement encompassed by way of 'modernity' are profoundly gendered, no matter if conveyed by way of mass media photographs of intake, agendas of nation-building, or criminal discourse. additionally, the mutual inflections of gender and modernity are instantaneously pervasively 'global,' happening in several locales and methods; and deeply 'local,' shaping and formed by way of the buildings and reports of tradition, classification, ethnicity, and nation.
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The following discussion explores how this tension operates to frame and even to direct the choices and desires of many rural residents, especially those of young rural women moving into urban wage work. CONSUMPTION, MODERNITY, AND FLEXIBLE LABOR Young rural women confront powerful and often contradictory images about who to be and how to act in contemporary Thailand; in turn, they and their families engage in complex forms of self-imagining, of which the chorus-line dance skit is one striking example.
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The attractions of an urban sojourn only increase in the eyes of many village youth when compared to the limited opportunities of rural communities both for employment and desired forms of consumption and entertaiml1ent. However, these aspirations encounter significantly different obstacles when young women seek urban experience than when young men do so. As I argue below, hegemonic models of modernity are largely consistent with conventional patterns of masculine behavior in rural households but pose more serious challenges to feminine role expectations and responsibilities.