The construction of the Palestinian girl: voices from South Lebanon

Fincham, Kathleen (2010) The construction of the Palestinian girl: voices from South Lebanon. Girlhood Studies, 3 (1). pp. 34-54. ISSN 1938-8322

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This paper examines how specific femininities have been constructed in Palestinian refugee camps in south Lebanon through the intersecting discourses of gender and nation. Through these discourses, Palestinian girls and women have been positioned largely as biological reproducers, gatekeepers, metaphors, ideological reproducers and cultural transmitters of the nation. This has worked to shape Palestinian girls' upbringing in the home and in the community and presented them with limited gender scripts from which to construct their identities and imagine their futures. However, Palestinian females have also exercised agency to gain the most advantageous position available to them at any given time in Palestinian society. Although structural, legal and cultural barriers have severely limited their participation in political activism, education and paid work, Palestinian females in Lebanon have constructed their identities through Islamic feminism, and to a lesser extent, secularism. Moreover, these identities are continually being transformed through the processes of resistance, negotiation and accommodation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 13:49
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2022 17:30
DOI: 10.3167/ghs.2010.030104

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