OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Taboo!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area, with an Additional Epilogue (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199062799

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¥2,860
著者: 
Fouzia Saeed
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368 ページ
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Paperback
サイズ
138 x 216 mm
刊行日
2011年12月
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Pakistani society has created and reinforced many myths to explain why the phenomenon of prostitution has nothing to do with 'nice people'. These myths put all the blame on immoral women who are understood to be responsible for tricking honest men into sinful acts. Our society has also strongly discouraged anyone from questioning these myths or even trying to look at the issue in a realistic manner. This resistance stems from the unspoken fear that any honest assessment of the situation would uncover the double standards that the South Asian patriarchal system has created for distinguishing 'good' from 'bad' women, thus threatening our society's fake sense of morality. This book is a journey of discovery into the famous red light district of the Shahi Mohalla (the Royal Bazar), or Heera Mandi (the market of diamonds). The phenomenon of prostitution coupled with music and dance performances has ancient roots in South Asia. The areas where the practice is centered have given birth for centuries to many well-known performing artists. The areas are hubs for creative productions as well as nurture the talents of poets, singers, actors, and the gurus, musicians and composers of classical music. These places are quite different from the typical 'red light districts' in the west. The social stigma attached to prostitution has led our governments over the years to initiate several brutal attempts to 'eradicate' the phenomenon in the Shahi Mohalla and elsewhere. However, every effort to curb this phenomenon has only resulted in a destruction of the traditional controls over the practice and the links between prostitution and art. Ironically, these efforts also served to drive the practice out of its traditional centers and into the 'nicer' parts of the city. As a result, prostitution now flourishes underground in all parts of Lahore, bereft of ancient rules of conduct and involving thousands of women from all walks of life, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. The double irony is that while public campaigns for eradication continue the practice of prostitution remains quietly protected by the government; just as it has for centuries. Understanding this paradox is the crux of the book. In order to provide an understanding of the traditional practices of prostitution the book attempts to capture a more realistic picture of the phenomenon through the lives of the people who live in the Shahi Mohalla, the musicians, the prostitutes and their pimps, managers and customers. The book describes the lives of people who are struggling to make a living by following ancient traditions, yet not knowing clearly where they fit in the larger picture of present day Pakistan. The book also highlights the contributions that the inhabitants of the Shahi Mohalla have made to our society and to the world of art at large. By breaking these myths that surround the practice of traditional prostitution, the book helps eradicate a blind spot in our understanding of the power relations associated with gender roles throughout our society.

目次: 

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
GLOSSARY
1. SHIFTING THE FOCUS
2. SHAHI MOHALLA DURING THE DAY AND NIGHT
3. A PH.D. GIRL IN THE RED LIGHT AREA
4. MY FIRST CONTACT IN THE MOHALLA
5. AN ALTERNATE ROAD INTO THE SHAHI MOHALLA: THE MUSICIANS
6. THE STORIES BEGIN
7. THE UNBREAKABLE LINK OF OIL AND WATER
8. MEETING THE GREATEST PIMP OF OUR TIMES
9. NEW YEAR'S EVE
10. CHOICES
11. THREE DANCERS
12. PAMI'S FAMILY
13. IN THE BAITHAK
14. THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
15. A VISIT TO THE FILM STUDIOS
16. ENTANGLED RELATIONSHIPS
17. MEETING LAILA'S FATHER
18. LAILA'S REAL MOTHER
19. MORE ABOUT MEN
20. KOTHA AND KOTHI KHANAS
21. LAILA'S MARRIAGE
22. NARGIS IS BETTER OFF NOT MARRYING
23. SHATTERED DREAMS
24. MOVING INTO THE MOHALLA
25. MITI KHANIAN
26. A VISIT TO PAMI'S HOUSE
27. RAT JAGA
28. RAZIA AND SONI
29. DOWN MEMORY LANE
30. ON HER WAY TO BECOMING A NAIKA
31. THE ONLY OPTION FOR SURVIVAL
32. SEARCHING FOR CLUES
33. THE REAL REASONS: CONVERSATION WITH CHANDA AND FAIZA
EPILOGUE 2010
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

著者について: 

Fouzia Saeed, with a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, has spent the past twelve years in positions related to the task of engendering social change in Pakistan, with organizations like National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Aga Khan Foundation, and UNDP, Pakistan. She was a founder of the first private organization in Pakistan providing direct services to women in psychological crises, especially those related to rape and domestic violence.

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