Feminism, Nationalism, and Difference: Reflections on the Palestinian Women’s Movement

Citation:

Jacoby, Tami Amanda. 1999. “Feminism, Nationalism, and Difference: Reflections on the Palestinian Women’s Movement.” Women’s Studies International Forum 22 (5): 511–23.

Author: Tami Amanda Jacoby

Abstract:

This article draws from the Palestinian women’s movement as a point of entry into reconceptualizing the relationship between nationalism, feminism, and difference in the Middle East. I employ postmodern concepts to explore the diversity of a female nationalist agency through processes and symbols of national liberation and Sharia personal status law. How are representations of masculinity and femininity articulated within these frameworks of a subordinate nationalism? Is national liberation an effective forum for negotiating the diversity of women’s agency in the nation? What are the distinct constraints and opportunities of feminisms that are implicated in national liberation struggle, religious contestation, and conditions of acute international conflict? Finally, what are the implications of this case study for a broader revision of feminist theory and practice?

Topics: Armed Conflict, National Liberation Wars, Feminisms, Gender, Women, Masculinity/ies, Femininity/ies, Nationalism, Political Participation, Religion Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Palestine / Occupied Palestinian Territories

Year: 1999

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