Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World

TitleRethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSaid, Maha El, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt
Number of Pages262
PublisherZed Books
CityLondon
Abstract

Since the end of 2010, when a wave of mass protests and uprisings swept across the Arab world, there has been unprecedented media attention to Arab women and their role in regional political transformations. Yet, this large body of commentary and speculation has yet to culminate in a substantial study of gender roles in relation to the 'Arab Spring', as well as often ignoring or marginalising socio-political change prior to 2011 and women's participation in it.

Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance takes an original approach to analysing the shifts in gender roles, gender relations and gender norms that have occurred as the result of what is known as the Arab Spring, rejecting essentialising and orientalist assumptions that dissolve issues of class, nationality, migration and religion which are key axes of social difference in the region. [Google Books.]

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Introduction: Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance in the Arab World, by Maha El Said, Lena Meari and Nicola Pratt.
Reconstructing gender in Post-Revolution Egypt, by Shereen Abouelnaga.
Resignifying 'Sexual' Colonial Power Techniques: The Experiences of Palestinian Women Political Prisoners, by Lena Meari.
A Strategic Use of Culture: Egyptian Women's Subversion and Resignification of Gender Norms, by Hala G. Sami.
She Resists: Body Politics between Radical and Subaltern, by Maha El Said.
Framing the Female Body: Beyond Morality and Pathology?, by Abeer Al-Najjar and Anoud Abusalim.
Women's Bodies in Post-Revolution Libya: Control and Resistance, by Sahar Mediha Alnaas and Nicola Pratt.
Islamic Feminism and the Equivocation of Political Engagement: 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair', by Omaima Abou-Bakr.
Islamic and Secular Women's Activism and Discourses in Post-Uprising Tunisia, by Aitemad Muhanna.
Conclusion: Towards New Epistemologies and Ontologies of Gender and Socio-Political Transformation in the Arab World, by Maha El Said, Lena Meari and Nicola Pratt.

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