Women, Power, and Kinship Politics: Female Power in Post-War Philippines
Publication Date 1 Jan 1998
OverviewPolitics in the Philippines is not male-dominated, but gendered. This book examines how women hold power unofficially through their kinship ties with male politicans. Examining the perspectives of local concepts of power, the author explores gender and power in post-war Philippines and characerizes kinship politics embedded in the predominate political culture. Women's power is a site here the conflict between the two discourses of kinship politics and modern nationalist values is daily contested. Unofficial women's power is resourced through kinship politics, but because it is exercised behind the scenes it makes omen vulnerable to criticisms that they are manipulative or scheming, wielding power that is illegal, undemocratic, antinationalist and unaccounatable. But, at the other end of the equation, women's curasades against graft and corruption is doubly legitimized through both the "modern" discursive prioritizing of the nation-state and through women's traditional gendered roles as moral guardians. This book will be of interest to scholars and students in Philippine studies, Southeast Asian history, gender studies, women and power in Asia, and feminist studies.