Gender Transgression in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia

  title={Gender Transgression in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia},
  author={Evelyn Blackwood},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={849 - 879}
  • E. Blackwood
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
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