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Emily Anderson and Kelly Grace
From Schoolgirls to “Virtuous” Khmer Women: Interrogating Chbab Srey and Gender in Cambodian Education Policy
Even though your husband curses you, go to bed and think it over. Come back to him and use gentle words to rectify his mistake. Even though your husband admonishes you, remember to keep it to yourself. If something goes wrong, don’t forget the advice which you were given. If you are not afraid and don’t listen to the advice which has been given to you, (you will) create only arguments.
Chbab Srey (Code of Conduct for Women) is an important piece of Khmer literature outlining expected behavior for girls and women in Cambodia. Pieces of the poem are taught in secondary school and interwoven into the educational experiences of girls and female teachers, yet there is little research on Chbab Srey in education. Using discourse analysis, this article considers the influence of Chbab Srey on gender-related education policy in Cambodia.
Chbab Srey is a poem that was orally passed down from the 14th to 19th centuries, and then codified in written form. It details a mother’s advice to her recently married daughter. The mother, as narrator, advises her daughter to maintain peace within the home, walk and talk softly, and obey and respect her husband
Women and girls are targeted as two specific target populations (Schneider & Ingram, 1993) across the document corpus. The social construction of target populations rely on normative, often stereotypical, constructions of identity that are reified through policy language. The Education Strategic Plan targets girls as a discrete population of interest and explicitly focuses on their schooling access as a policy priority.
Like the Teachers’ Code of Conduct, Chbab Srey is a directive that demands adherence to the rules for virtue, character, and ideal Khmer girlhood and womanhood. In the discussion that follows, we describe how Chbab Srey is implemented as official curriculum and evidence the ways girls’ schooling access, opportunity, and mobility are informed by the implementation of Chbab Srey as official curriculum. Building on these findings, we draw parallels between Chbab Srey and the Code of Conduct for Teachers to further highlight the disconnection between Cambodia’s education policy agenda and the poem’s implementation in girls’ education.
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"Women and girls are targeted as two specific target populations (Schneider & Ingram, 1993) across the document corpus. The social construction of target populations rely on normative, often stereotypical, constructions of identity that are reified through policy language. The Education Strategic Plan targets girls as a discrete population of interest and explicitly focuses on their schooling access as a policy priority."
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rules for virtue, character, and ideal Khmer womanhood.
I couldn't find the chapter detailing how wearing safety-shorts, sanction and legitimize dressing like a slut.
Second, it could have many different interpretations. The most common one, woman turns into a metaphorical quivering mound of jello. (Not the actual mounds of jello western women turn into.). Another way of looking at it, is making maximum use of soft power. Manipulating the man to be a loving husband, without ever seeming to lift a finger doing it. Anyways, my interpretations.
Cambodian society is changing fast. Some girls now act like expats, or even worse, sex pats, eschewing all traditional Khmer teaching, just living in the moment.
It would be shame to find that all Cambodian girls and western girls have become indistinguishable from each other.
Smash the patriarchy!!!
Isn't it a word from the Muslims that might be brought through Cham culture ?
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