Formal and Informal Women's Groups in the Middle East
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Organizing Women by Dawn Chatty
Book DescriptionWith the creation of the modern nation-state in the Middle East and North Africa, women have been and continue to be manipulated to represent a cultural ideal of perfect womanhood. This is often greatly at odds with the realities of women's lives and aspirations. However, individual women, through careful manipulation of gender relations, often succeed in casting aside the culturally accepted bonds which diminish their lives.Even so, women in groups are deemed unacceptable unless they conform to state mandates. In many countries in the Middle East, women are only legally permitted to form groups which are charitable organizations concerned with the welfare of the disabled or the handicapped. Clearly women in groups are perceived as a threat by the state.This challenging book examines the nature of the relationship between both women and the state and men and the state. It presents a balanced mix of theoretical and empirical research which analyzes both the formal and informal ways in which women have organized themselves, and been organized, in Arab society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859739150
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 5-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dawn Chatty
Dispossession and Displacement, Paperback (August 2010)
This volume explores the extent to which forced migration has become a feature of life in the Middle East and North Africa. Papers are grouped around four related themes: displacement, repatriation, identity in exile, and refugee policy, providing a significant contribution to this developing, highly pertinent area of contemporary research.
Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East, Hardback (March 2010)
Traces the history of refugees and migrants within a reconstructed twentieth-century Middle East.
Mobile Pastoralists, Paperback (April 1996)» View all books by Dawn Chatty
In this book--the result of years of researching the Harasiis, a tribe living in the Sultanate of Oman--Chatty examines how development efforts affected tribe members on a personal level, from pastoralism to full-time employment, formal education, and the changing role of women in this new environment.
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Author Biography - Dawn Chatty
Dawn Chatty Senior Research Officer,Refugee Studies Programme, University of Oxford Annika Rabo Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology, Linkoping University, Sweden
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