Theorizes the complex ways individuals negotiate their identities and create alliances in the midst of both stability and instability, as what the editors call trans-status subjects.
A Thai foodseller on the streets of Bangkok, a cyclo driver in a Vietnamese village, a Pahari migrant laborer in the Himalayas, a Parsi-Christian professional social worker shuttling back and forth between London and Calcutta—Trans-Status Subjects examines how these and other South and Southeast Asians affect and are affected by globalization. While much work has focused on the changes wrought by globalization—describing how people maintain foundations or are permanently destabilized—this collection theorizes the complex ways individuals negotiate their identities and create alliances in the midst of both stability and instability, as what the editors call trans-status subjects. Using gender paradigms, historical time, and geographic space as driving analytic concerns, the essays gathered here consider the various ways South and Southeast Asians both perpetuate and resist various hierarchies despite unequal mobilities within economic, social, cultural, and political contexts. The contributors—including literary and film theorists, geographers, historians, sociologists, and anthropologists—show how the dominant colonial powers prefigured the ideologies of gender and sexuality that neocolonial nation-states have later refigured; investigate economic and artistic production; and explore labor, capital, and social change. The essays cover a range of locales—including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, and the United States. In investigating issues of power, mobility, memory, and solidarity in recent eras of globalization, the contributors—scholars and activists from South Asia, Southeast Asia, England, Australia, Canada, and the United States—illuminate various facets of the new concept of trans-status subjects.
Trans-Status Subjects carves out a new area of inquiry at the intersection of feminisim and critical geography, as well as globalization, postcolonial, and cultural studies.
Contributors. Anannya Bhattacharjee, Esha Niyogi De, Karen Gaul, Ketu Katrak, Karen Leonard, Philippa Levine, Kathryn McMahon, Andrew McRae, Susan Morgan, Nihal Perera, Sonita Sarker, Jael Silliman, Sylvia Tiwon, Gisele Yasmeen
Introduction: Marking Times and Territories / Sonita Sarker and Esha Niyogi De
I. Figuring Genders in the Colony and Nation: Native and Foreign
Designing Woman, Designing North Borneo / Susan Morgan
The Cordon Sanitaire: Mobility and Space in the Regulation of Colonial Prostitution / Philippa Levine
Feminizing the City: Gender and Space in Colonial Columbo / Nihal Perera
Failure of the Imaginary: Gendered Excess of the Indonesian Nation / Sylvia Tiwon
Gender, Paradoxical Space, and Critical Spectatorship in Vietnamese Film: The Works of Dang Nhat Minh / Kathryn McMahon
II. Transporting Genders Between the Village and City: Representations and Resistances
Traveling High and Low: Verticality, Social Position, and the Making of Pahari Genders / Karen K. Gaul
Nurturing, Gender Ideologies, and Bangkok's Foodscape / Gisèle Yasmeen
Place and Displacement: Figuring the Thai Village in an Age of Rural Development / Andrew McRae
The City between the Global State: Architecture and the People in Singapore's Gendered Imaginations / Esha Niyogi De
III. Gendering Local-Global Circuits: Labor, Capital, and Subjects of Social Change
South Asian Women in the Gulf: Families and Futures Reconfigured / Karen Leonard
Diasporic Alienness and Belonging: Selected Indian-American Cultural Expressions / Ketu H. Katrak
Jewish Diaspora through Colonial Spaces: Negotiating Identity and Forging Community / Jael Silliman
Unruly Subjects: Cornelia Sorabji and Ravinder Randhawa / Sonita Sarker
Immigrant Dreams and Nightmares: South Asian Domestic Workers in North America in a Time of Global Mobility / Anannya Bhattacharjee