Symbolic spaces: Marginalized bedouin women's art as self-expression

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The following work was presented at the Imagine Conference in Israel. It aims to show the ways in which the arts can help outsiders (including policy makers) to imagine and thus to understand, through the arts, the issues that marginalized Bedouin women face. However, most important, the symbolic depiction of the women's lives, drawn, exhibited, and discussed together among themselves, is shown to enable the women, through imaging the problems and oppressions that they face, to imagine ways of conceptualizing and solving these problemsunderstanding them as complex forms of social oppression rather than as manifestations of personal or inherent weaknesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-319
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Humanistic Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2007


  • Art as self-expression
  • Arts-based research
  • Impoverished women
  • Socially contextualized analyses of art
  • Traditional cultures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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