The economy of survival: Bedouin women in unrecognized villages

Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, Avigail Morris, Heather Ryan

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This paper problematizes the binary division between substantivist vs formalist approaches, and suggests instead that in the case at Bedouin women living in unrecognized villages, within a settler context, deprived from the equal rights for developing an appropriate “rational” economic systems, people turn to their limited local economic systems aiming to produce economic safety net for their economic survival. However, lacking the conditions for their maintenance, these sociocultural institutions do not provide a sufficient base to maintain their economic systems, thus they recreate their “economy of survival” systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-88
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Bedouin women
  • Economic anthropology
  • Feminist anthropology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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