By Michael G. Peletz
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This ebook examines 3 tremendous principles: distinction, legitimacy, and pluralism. Of leader drawback is how humans construe and care for edition between fellow humans. Why lower than sure situations do humans embody even sanctify variations, or at the very least begrudgingly tolerate them, and why in different contexts are humans much less receptive to distinction, occasionally brazenly adverse to it and bent on its eradication? What are the cultural and political stipulations conducive to the optimistic valorization and recognition of distinction? And, conversely, what stipulations undermine or erode such confident perspectives and recognition? This booklet examines pluralism in gendered fields and domain names in Southeast Asia because the early glossy period, which historians and anthropologists of the quarter in most cases outline because the interval extending approximately from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
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Indeed, Higham (1989, 2001) has demonstrated through masterful marshaling and interpretation of archeological and other data that these religio-political dynamics not only permeated polities in the form of states but also extended to chiefdoms existing near the boundaries or borderlands of states. There and elsewhere, chiefs who aspired to transform their polities into states or simply to expand their rule “augment[ed] their standing by self-identification with Siva” (Higham 1989:359). It is thus possible that religio-political cults focusing on Siva, linga, and yoni existed even before the emergence of the first state in Southeast Asia.
Similarly, we do not usually know if the transvestisms at issue were eroticized in 38 Gender Pluralism any way (and if so, how) or if we are dealing with one or more variants of transsexualism. Perhaps most crucial, in many instances we do not know if the transvestisms under consideration represent quarantined exceptions to the hegemonies bearing on sex and gender that prevailed in the societies in question, though in most societies for which there is evidence this was not the case. And needless to say, we have no information on the subjectivities, desires, passions, or pleasures of the individuals who were charged with orchestrating the rituals at issue or were involved in them in other capacities as participants or observers.
In previous generations, scholars commonly referred to the earliest states in Southeast Asia as “Indianized” or “Indic,” sometimes giving rise to or reinforcing erroneous stereotypes that these polities owed both the majority of their basic features and their very existence to dynamics of exogenous origin, that they passively received or imitated foreign culture, or both (see, for example, Coedès 1966). More recently, scholars have characterized these states either as mandala or as “galactic polities,” the latter to emphasize their fluid boundaries and tendencies toward expansion and contraction, and, more generally, in order to distinguish them from the types of modern Western polities that have long defined scholarly discussions of states (see, for example, Tambiah 1976, C.
Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times by Michael G. Peletz