Agency and Gender in Gaza: Masculinity, Femininity and Family During the Second Intifada
By: Aitemad Muhanna (author)Hardback
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Drawing on rich interview material and adopting a life history approach, this book examines the agency of women living in insecure and uncertain conflict situations. It explores the effects of the Israeli policy of closure against Gaza and the resulting humanitarian crisis in relation to gender relations and gender subjectivity. With attention to the changing roles of men in the household and community as a result of the loss of male employment, the author explores the extension of poor women's mobility, particularly that of young wives with dependent children, for whom the meaning of agency has shifted from being providers in the domestic sphere to becoming publicly dependent on humanitarian aid. Without conflating women's agency with resistance to patriarchy, Agency and Gender in Gaza extends the concept of agency to include its subjective and intersubjective elements, shedding light on the recent distortion of the traditional gender order and the reasons for which women resist the masculine power that they have acquired as a result.
An empirically grounded examination of the attempt to maintain the meaning of social existence through the preservation of socially constructed images of masculinity and femininity, this book will be of interest to social scientists with interests in gender studies, masculinities and the sociology of the family.
Aitemad Muhanna is Research Fellow at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Contents: Foreword; The contemporary history of Gazan society and the complexity of gender; Agency and meaning in women's lives: a comparative analytical perspective; Family structure and gender relations in Gaza under Israeli military occupation; The impact of the second intifada on the economics of everyday life; Gender relational dynamics and the crisis of masculinity during the second intifada; Conclusion: Gazan women - between the masculinising of their enactment and the feminising of their selfhood; Bibliography; Index.
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