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The politics of engaged gender research in the Arab region, feminist fieldwork and the production of knowledge, edited by Suad Joseph, Lena Meari, and Zeina Zaatari

"Critical analysis of what we know - and do not know - about women in the Arab region is needed to support social change. But how is knowledge on women and gender produced in the region? How does this change when it is undertaken by Arab women researchers? Through a critical examination of local fieldwork experiences, the contributors of the volume - who are Arab women researchers themselves - answer these questions. The book examines the specific structural conditions that shape people's lives in the Arab region, from the effects of imperialism, settler colonialism and the neo-liberalization of economies, to racial capitalism, securitization, and embedded patriarchal ideologies and structures. The authors assess the implications of these different dynamics on undertaking research and also examine their own daily lives, the lives of their interlocutors, and the practices of their field. In doing so, they are able to escape hegemonic approaches and frameworks to the study of gender and to instead theorize from the local context to produce knowledge as they see it. This 'engaged gender research' challenges dominant discourses in academia, rejects the presumptions of 'Arab exceptionalism', and challenges liberal feminisms. It devises a new way of undertaking research on gender in the region to lay the foundation for a more just tomorrow. Covering Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and the Arab Gulf, the book argues that an engaged gender research - which is feminist and critically analyses the historical, political, economic and social contexts of the research topic first - will transform how we understand women and gender, and the Arab World."--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Acknowledgements -- 1. Introduction: The Politics of Engaged Transformative Gender Research / Suad Joseph, University of California Davis, U.S; Lena Meari, Birzeit University, Palestine; and Zeina Zaatari, University of Illinois Chicago, U.S Maghreb - North Africa -- 2. Doing Fieldwork with Women Land Rights Activists in Morocco: Power Relationships Within Feminism and its Discursive Framework of Right / Souad Eddouada, Iben Tofail University in Kenitra, Morocco -- 3. Challenges of Writing on the Islamization of the Tunisian Revolution from A Secularist Position / Raoudha Elguedri, Doha Institute, Qatar -- 4. The Day I Became a Gentrifier: Narratives from the Outsider/Insider Ethnographer in the Field / Reeham Mourad, The American University in Cairo, Egypt Mashriq - Arab East -- 5. The Daily During Field Research: Settler Colonialism, Motherhood, and Knowledge Production / Rania Jawad, Birzeit University, Palestine -- 6. Fieldwork in the Palestinian Colonial Context: Searching for the Voices of Palestinian Women / Samar Kassis, Birzeit University, Palestine -- 7. The Fear Factor: Fieldwork Away from the Safety Blanket of Depoliticized Gender and Women's Issues / Sara Ababneh, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany -- 8. Research in the Jordanian Child Welfare System: Navigating Taboo Subjects / Rawan Ibrahim, German Jordanian University, Jordan -- 9. Conducting Research While Death Surrounds You: The Researcher, Gender, and War in Syria / Saja Al Zoubi, University of Oxford, U.K -- 10. Feminist Researcher in a Conservative Islamic Society Iraq / Ilham Makki, Al-Amal Association, Iraq Khaleej - Arab Gulf -- 11. Conducting Fieldwork in Shared Time and Space / Sarah Shaer, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, UAE -- 12. Personality and Perception: Aspects of the Researcher's identity and their Impact on Field Research Within Diverse Locations / Kholoud Al Ajarma, The University of Edinburgh, U.K -- 13. The Politics of Training for Engaged Gender Research / Suad Joseph, University of California Davis, U.S
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
1 online resource (233 pages)
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