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Gendered Politics and Law in Jordan

Guardianship over Women

Authors: Jabiri, Afaf

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  • Explores the relevance of the state as a gender regime in the context and geopolitics of Jordan
  • Examines whether the masculine state succeeds in imposing a dominant form of femininity
  • Distinguishes women’s strategies and tactics in the ways they internalize, perform, or resist imposed femininity
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This book analyzes how the state constructs and reproduces gender identities in the context and geopolitics of Jordan. 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. Afaf Jabiri 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.

About the authors

Afaf Jabiri is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, UK. She contributed to the teaching of courses on Gender and Islam and Gender in the Middle East at SOAS as well as at the University of Roehampton and University of Leicester, UK. For the last 20 years, she has been advocating for gender equality, law, and policy reform in the Middle East.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Gender, Law, and Politics in Jordan

    Pages 1-38

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  • Constructing Normative Femininity: The Engagement of Law and Religious Interpretations

    Pages 39-78

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  • Women’s Alternative Forms of Femininity: Compliant, Pragmatic, and Exceptional Selves

    Pages 79-115

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  • Women’s Everyday Tactics of Defiance and Compliance

    Pages 117-151

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  • Rebelling Against the System of Wilaya: Women “in Need of Correction and Rehabilitation”

    Pages 153-185

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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gendered Politics and Law in Jordan
Book Subtitle
Guardianship over Women
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32643-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32643-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32642-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81336-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 210
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