The Women's Movement in Jordan
Al-Atiyat, Ibtesam

HaupttitelThe Women's Movement in Jordan
TitelzusatzActivism, Discources, and Strategies
TitelvarianteFrauenbewegung in Jordanien
Zusatz zur TitelvarianteAktivismus, Diskurse und Strategien
AutorAl-Atiyat, Ibtesam
Geburtsort: Amman, Jordanien
GutachterProf. Dr.Friedemann Buettner
weitere GutachterProf. Dr. Ferhad Ibrahim
Freie SchlagwörterWomen's Movement, Arab Women
DDC320 Politik

This study examines the developments within the contemporary women's movement in Jordan. The analysis tried to place these developments within the mainstream of sociopolitical modernization processes taking place in the country. Such placement includes viewing the women's movement (one of the most dynamic elements of civil society) as an active driving force of sociopolitical change, and looks at sociopolitical outcomes of the women's movements, in terms of emancipating women, and sensitizing the society and state's policies to gender issues, and equal rights of women. In specific terms, the study tried to answer questions related to: What is new in the women's movement of Jordan today? What are the strategies and politics they apply to pursue their objectives? to what extent is the women's movement successful in politicizing women's issues, and in what areas? In addition, what are the resources of the women's movement and to what extent do these assist or hinder the movement's success or failure?

To answer these questions the study implemented diverse methods. On one hand, face-to-face interviews were conducted with the activist women, and on the other hand, a questionnaire that aimed at collecting data related to the socioeconomic backgrounds of members and leaders of women's organizations was distributed. Lastly, documents provided by the organizations were analyzed and compared with the several field visits to the organizations conducted during the fieldwork phase.

The study found out that two main phases are to be distinguished with respect to the analysis of the women's movement: the emergence phase, and renaissance phase. While the first phase was mainly characterized by charity work, the contemporary phase is enjoying the emergence of a feminist consciousness, which set in motion the introduction of a feminist agenda, which deals with new themes and being carried out by new forms of female activism.

The study closes with investigating the sociopolitical obstacles that hinders and limit the work of the women's movement and the politicization of women-specific issues. In this respect, the study evaluated the role of the state represented by state institutions and state figures such as the princess; the role of the gender ideology which is being comprised by the religion and cultural heritage ; and finally the role of structural problems related to the women's movement itself, namely the decision making process, autonomy question and participation structures with women's organizations.



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Fachbereich/EinrichtungFB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften
Tag der Disputation17.04.2003
Erstellt am07.07.2003 - 00:00:00
Letzte Änderung19.02.2010 - 11:45:22
Alte Darwin URLhttp://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/2003/160/
Statische URLhttp://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000001001