Female Autonomy and Cultural Imperative: Two Hearts Beating Together

Sawitri Saharso

in Citizenship in Diverse Societies

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297703
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602948 | DOI:
Female Autonomy and Cultural Imperative: Two Hearts Beating Together

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In the light of a suicide case of a Hindustani woman in the Netherlands in 1988, this chapter enquires whether it is possible to find a concept of autonomy for Asian women that is both worthy of the eyes of Western liberals and compatible with Asian cultural identities, particularly for those transplanted to the West. It also looks at the issue of whether such a modified conception of autonomy might not also be of value in addressing concern over the decline in civic virtue and public spiritedness in society resulting from increasing individualization. The enquiry uses a psychoanalytical approach.

Keywords: Asian culture; Asian women; autonomy; cultural identity; female autonomy; psychoanalysis; women

Chapter.  9032 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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