chapter  2
12 Pages

Asia’s gendered borderlands

WithMalini Sur

This chapter explores the intersections between gender, nationalisms, and borders in Asia. Advancing that a gendered lens offers critical insights into the production of borderlands as partitioned and sexualized territories, it invites scholars of borders to rethink women’s roles in armed struggles and resettlement projects. The manner in which women’s political and economic participation in nation building have redefined gendered relations and the ways in which women mobilize, circumvent, and challenge dominant gender hierarchies through their participation transborder trade and wage labour, is illuminated. Finally, the chapter reviews how women’s abilities to cross borders and take risks for foreign domestic work occur through gendered pathways, and query geographical scale.