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Urban Respectability and the Maleness of (Southeast) Asian Modernity

Reid, Anthony


The urban modernity that became an irresistible model for elites in Asia in the decades before and after 1900 was far from being gender-neutral. It represented an exceptional peak of patriarchy in its exclusion of respectable middle class women from the work force, from ownership and control of property and from politics. Marriage was indissoluble and the wife's role in the male-headed nuclear family was to care for and educate the abundant children she produced. Puritan religious values...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: The Asian Review of World Histories
DOI: 10.12773/arwh.2014.2.2.147


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