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ERIC Number: EJ1058982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Complexities of Vietnamese Femininities: A Resource for Rethinking Women's University Leadership Practices
Do, Van Hanh Thi; Brennan, Marie
Gender and Education, v27 n3 p273-287 2015
This paper develops a dialogical encounter between northern-inspired theorisations of gender and Vietnam's historical and cultural differentiation identified through the presence of matriarchy in ancient societies and its popularity in folklore and contemporary politics. The article draws on interviews with 12 senior women from 8 universities in Northern and Southern Vietnam. Three main themes are explored: (1) the Vietnamese woman as "general of the interior"; (2) the "woman behind the throne"; and (3) "behind a woman is another woman". These themes illustrate the distinctiveness of a historically produced Vietnamese gender order as reflected in current university women's experience. By providing insights into the complex dynamics of Vietnamese women's "informal power", as evident in both spheres of home and university, the paper presents a discussion of forms of Vietnamese femininity that contributes to re-theorising Connell's concepts of "hegemonic masculinity and emphasized femininity".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vietnam