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Negotiating Women's Veiling

Politics & Sexuality in Contemporary Indonesia

Dewi Candraningrum
Irasec, Bangkok, juin 2013, 96 p.
ISBN : 978-616-7571-15-7
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This study will focus on the Indonesian jilbab, an ubiquitous piece of cloth that covers the hair and neck of women tightly, leaving no skin unconcealed. Achievement and role of jilbab after the authoritarian regime of Soeharto in 1998 is hardly known. The author examines women perception but also the Sharia Ordinances and the narratives of censorship. Voices of both women and sexual minorities (transgenders, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and queers) finally demonstrate awareness of the politics of representation in contemporary Indonesia, highlighting the links between religion, politics and identity.


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Foreword by Rémy MADINIER (CNRS)
1 - Politics of a Piece of Cloth
2 - Prophetic Jilbab
3 - Chapter Outline
Chapter 1 - Narratives of Tudung, Kerudung and Jilbab
1 - Historical Account
2 - The Price of Intergenerational Freedom
Chapter 2 - Contemporary Veiling and Political Gimmickry
1 - Celebrating Identity Politics: Cosmetic and Political Gimmickry
2 - Negotiating Women’s Multiple Burdens
3 - Servility and Obedience: The Ugly Side of Polygamy
4 - Plastic Surgery and Hysteria
Chapter 3 - Corporeal Market and Discourse of the Private
1 - Corporeal Market: Solemnity versus Banality
2 - Under the Shadow of the Male Governor
3 - The Personal is Political: New Social Media and the Discourse of the Private
4 - Narrative of Manipulation of a Piece of Cloth
5 - Can Waria Wear the Jilbab?  Under the Rites of Heteronormativity
Chapter 4 - Cacophony of Sensuality and the Changing Meaning of Sexuality
1 - Changing Notions of Sensuality
2 - Sexuality and Women’s Skin
3 - Intimate Photos and Adulation of Self

The author

Dewi CANDRANINGRUM (PhD, Universitaet Muenster) teaches Muslim Women Literature and Gender Studies at the English Department of the Teacher Training Faculty, Universitas Muhammmadiyah Surakarta. Her work and research in English literature deals with issues in women’s literature and educational innovation in the light of gender studies and sustainable development: The Challenge of Teaching English in Indonesian Muhammadiyah Universities (1958–2005): Mainstreaming Gender through Postcolonial Muslim Women Writers (Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2008); Swara Perempuan: Narasi Kekerasan Berbasis Gender—Tongue of Women: Narratives of Gender-Based Violence (Surakarta: SPEK-HAM, 2010); and Narratives of Sustainable Development: Industry in the Global World Meeting Social Ecological Responsibilities (Surakarta: MUP, 2011).