Women and Fluid Identities: Strategic and Practical Pathways by H. Afshar

By H. Afshar

This e-book argues that it's the fluidity of women's identities that permits them to bridge the gender divides and roles ascribed to them by means of society and tradition with those who they've got selected for themselves while protecting a feeling in their self.

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Survival and resistance in Lebanon Events since 1948 have had a significant impact on the evolution of women’s identity. When they first arrived in Lebanon, the majority of women were illiterate, from predominantly rural settings. Their primary role was the raising of children and the care of home and family, although many also shared in agricultural tasks. Warnock argues that there was ‘a constant ideological pressure to keep women as helpless and dependent as possible. They had to be perceived as weak, less intelligent, emotional, lacking self-control, amoral, unable to defend their families’ honour or deal with the harshness and complexities of the world outside the home’ (Warnock 1990: 23).

5 There are words to describe what one has seen or heard and there are also feelings. ”’ (Christoff 2004). 6 It is important to appreciate the complex mix of feelings. The refugees experience yearning for something they have never seen, will never see, that becomes perfect in their imagination; they feel defiance and determination ‘to put right historical wrongs’. They also exhibit signs of anger at an international community that seems indifferent to their plight. These are the components of the ‘grand narrative of survival’.

Mothers’ Pasts and Daughters’ Presents 31 Liu, J. (2006) ‘Researching Chinese Women’s Lives: “Insider” Research and Life History Interviewing’. Oral History 34(1): 43–52. Liu, J. (2007) Gender and Work in Urban China: Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation. Routledge: London. Logan, J. , F. Bian, and Y. Bian. (1998) ‘Tradition and Change in the Urban Chinese Family: The Case of Living Arrangements’. Social Forces 76(3): 851–82. Min, D. (1997) ‘From Asexuality to Gender Difference in Modern China’.

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