Gendered space, power relationships and domestic planning and design among displaced Israeli Bedouin

Avinoam Meir, Maria Gekker

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Abstract

Following displacement to State planned towns, Israeli Bedouin women lost many of their traditional agro-pastoral productive roles and became subject to stricter patriarchal confinement to their homes. Despite becoming the focus of their lifeworld, their involvement in establishing it, and their domestic gender planning and design relationships, have received little attention. In this study, roles of husbands and wives and participation in planning and designing their homes were examined in the new Bedouin town of Hura. Differences emerge between the displaced generation and the second urban generation, characterized by different ages and educational levels and varying accessibility to forbidden public spaces. This component of Bedouin women's identity and power has begun to recover, following deterioration after displacement. And yet the most significant involvement of women is restricted to the aesthetic, rather than to the physical domestic aspects of gendered relationships. Greater accessibility to hitherto forbidden public spaces has become a major source of changing internal domestic gender planning and design relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-241
Number of pages10
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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