Permission to Rebel: Arab Bedouin Women's Changing Negotiation of Social Roles

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Part of a special issue on global feminism. A study was conducted to explore the power of the Bedouin women of the Negev in Israel to contest their reported marginalized status. Data were gathered from interviews with three generations of Bedouin women—daughters, both school goers and school dropouts; mothers; and grandmothers—and fathers. Findings revealed that the women cope with and resist patriarchal power by resisting Bedouin ways not in action but in language, although all three generations still need to stay within cultural limits and meet the demands of their patriarchal society in order to fulfill their ambitions. Findings regarding three generations of Bedouin women demonstrate the changes and development that the female struggle has undergone in recent years as a function of colonial, cultural, social, and familial processes.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)161-187
Number of pages27
JournalFeminist Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007


  • Daughters
  • School dropouts
  • Womens studies
  • Gender roles
  • Public sphere
  • Grandmothers
  • Men
  • Working women
  • Fathers
  • Mothers
  • Women's Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Feminism
  • Demographic aspects
  • Tradition
  • Analysis
  • Influence
  • Social role
  • Social aspects
  • Bedouins
  • Colonization


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