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Retrieving prostitutes' live source materials and an approach for writing the history of the Ah Ku and Karayuki-San of Singapore

Warren, J. (1990) Retrieving prostitutes' live source materials and an approach for writing the history of the Ah Ku and Karayuki-San of Singapore. Itinerario, 14 (1). pp. 96-122.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0165115300005696
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Abstract

A new found interest in social history, recent developments in historical thought and methodology and a fresh awareness of the importance of gender-specific experience have led historians to question an ‘ordinary woman's place’ in Singapore's past. In the historiography of Singapore, there is a need to foreground the critical importance of the ah ku and karayuki-san in the sex,politics and society of the city, stressing not only alterations in their life and circumstance, but also variations in the role of the colonial government, and changes in the ideology of sex and social policy.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © 1990 Research Institute for History, Leiden University
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18229
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