Shifting discourses: unlocking representations of educated Bedouin women's identities

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The shifting discourse is taking place in Bedouin studies and that seeks to create a 'counter-narrative', by challenging the hegemonic ways in which Bedouin women's identities have been represented. Academic discourse on Bedouin women, Orientalist and anti-Orientalist alike, still relates exclusively to women who cover their heads, have difficulty speaking Hebrew, and encounter problems in the Israeli academic world as a result of racial and not only cultural differences. The influence of feminist writing on Bedouin women and their self-expression was first described when Arab and Bedouin women began writing about Bedouin society alongside new foreign and Israeli writers. Researchers, like Levy and Abu-Ajaj and Ben-David, explain that separation between the sexes begins in early childhood and continues at school age. Behar generated an important debate on the meaning of being a researcher who studies her own culture. Reinharz has pointed to the act of rediscovery that female researchers experience when they write biographies about other women.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives
EditorsMansour Nasasra, Richard Ratcliffe, Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, Sophie Richter-Devroe
Number of pages23
Edition1st Edition
ISBN (Electronic)9781315766461
ISBN (Print)9780415638456
StatePublished - Aug 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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