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Gendered Politics and Law in Jordan : Guardianship over Women (Hardcover) (Afaf Jabiri)

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This book analyzes how the state constructs and reproduces gender identities in the context and geopolitics of Jordan. It addresses the relevance of the state and its web of relations in understanding the politics of gender in the Middle East, rather than a cultural or religious explanation for women’s subjugation. Guardianship over women is examined as not only the basis of women’s legal and social subordination, but also a key factor in the construction and reproduction of a gender hierarchy system. The author probes how a masculine state gives power and legitimacy through guardianship to institutions–including family, religion, and tribe–in managing, producing, and constructing gender identity. Does the masculine institution succeed in imposing a dominant form of femininity? Or are there ways by which women escape and resist the social and legal construction of femininity? Based on over 60 case studies of contemporary women in Jordan, the book additionally examines how the resultant strategies and tactics developed by women in Jordan are influenced by and affect their status within the guardianship system.
Number of Pages: 210
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Political Science, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Gender Studies, Sexuality + Gender Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Afaf Jabiri
Language: English
Street Date: September 20, 2016
TCIN: 51177466
UPC: 9783319326429
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-5181
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