Growing down like a banana: Solomon Islands village women changing gender norms

Dyer, Michelle (2017) Growing down like a banana: Solomon Islands village women changing gender norms. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 18 (3). pp. 193-210.

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Abstract

This article presents Solomon Islands village women's opinions about gender norms. It explores their perceptions of their ability to be involved in leadership roles and decision-making, and their analysis of how they conceive of their abilities changing. It attempts to unravel the push-pull' experience for Solomon Islands rural womena push towards modernity equated with gender equity and development, and the pull of traditional gender roles for women embedded in notions of what it means to be a good Solomon Islander woman. It concludes that women's empowerment must be viewed as a journey that encompasses women's strategic and practical interests relating to agency in a variety of locations. This article contributes to understanding some aspects to women's empowerment and how international NGOs and other development entities may have a role in creating space for women's self-reflection, public commentary and visibility in secular social space.

Item ID: 50351
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1740-9314
Keywords: gender, Solomon Islands, women's empowerment, agency, development, Pacific Islands
Funders: James Cook University, Australian Postgraduate Award 2011-16
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 08:12
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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