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Representations of Gender in Malaysian Malay Cinema: Implications for Human Security

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The Human Development Report in 1994 redefines human security as people-centered and suggests that it is easier to ensure through early prevention (see www.undp.org/hdro/hdrs/1994/english/94.htm). For most people, insecurity comes from the concerns about their survival, self-preservation, and wellbeing in a day-to-day context. When associated with gender, these concerns are manifested in the form of gender injustice, specifically when one sex dominates and oppresses another in many ways and by various means. In most societies today, it is women who feel more insecure than men. This is no wonder as the alarming statistics on violence and crime against women around the world often illustrate (for reports on Malaysia, see Wencelaus Dana, 2004; Rashila and Junaenah, 2004).
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Keywords: Human Development Report; Malaysian Malay Cinema; gender; sexual discrimination; violence

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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