Rachel Rinaldo is a cultural sociologist interested in how globalization and modernity shape gender norms and practices, particularly in developing countries and Muslim societies. Her first book Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia is an ethnographic study of women activists in the country with the world's largest Muslim population. She examines how different groups of activists engage with global discourses of Islam and feminism, and argues that new forms of agency and subjectivity are emerging as activists both draw on and transform these frameworks. She is currently working on a qualitative study of marriage and divorce in urbanizing Java, as well as a study of the globalization of Indonesian contemporary art.
cultural sociology, sex and gender, globalization, southeast asia, ethnography and qualitative research, religion, muslim societies, social change, indonesia