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Women and work in Malaysia: negotiating the private and public place

Rokis, Rohaiza (2005) Women and work in Malaysia: negotiating the private and public place. Malaysian Journal of Social Policy and Society, 2. pp. 126-145. ISSN 1823-0865

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Malaysia is a fast becoming a modern, industrial nation with multinational and global interests, thus one would expect modern thinking to be influencing Malaysia society today. However, the effect of globalisation has a slow effect on some women in Malaysia. In the areas of work and home, cultural traditions have significantly affected women's lives. Working women in Malaysia face a conflicting situation between the need to participate in employment and the need to conform to the cultural expectations on women's responsibilities at home. The theme of this paper is about paradoxical duality. It discusses the paradoxical situations of the private and public place, which most working women experience in life. Specifically, it explains the paradoxical clash of modernisation of the country with the conservative practice of the nation, which frequently mistreats women. This paper attempts to understand how cultural traditions penetrate into women's life in Malaysia. It elaborates the influence of religions and cultural traditions of women's lives. This eventually creates a paradoxical image and a clashing position of women in public and private space.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3149/41187
Uncontrolled Keywords: women, work, modernisation, cultural traditions, social expectations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Depositing User: AP. Dr. Rohaiza Abd. Rokis
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 11:47
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 11:48
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/41187

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