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Gender, agency, and embodiment theories in relation to space
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2011 (English)In: Gouvernance locale dans le monde arabe et en Méditerranée : Quels rôles pour les femmes ? / [ed] Sylvette Denèfle & Safaa Monqid, Cairo: Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales , 2011, 21-35 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Why (and how) is it important to query into the particular lived experiences and ‘embodied agency’ of women if we want to study urban spaces through the lens of gender? The paper discusses this overarching question in relation to recent dynamic and generative theories of gender, embodiment and agency. This theoretical approach is relevant since it is possible to analyse the singularity of lived experience, not only as a form of social interaction, but as linked to social structures and discourses, which implies negotiations of tensions, conflicts, and uncertainties. Such an approach is particularly fruitful because it makes it possible to analyse agents within a context of social, cultural and political change. It also means the possibility to grasp women’s narratives and body language as they engage in acts of resistance, as well as the marking of body and space. The actions of ‘the secret self’ among younger generations, for example, give increased space and have manipulative potential as long as these ‘morally forbidden’ and dishonourable acts are not brought out into the public sphere. The need to understand agency as the capacity to act according to the exigencies of the specific socio-cultural context forms the main premise of this paper; where each context comprises the complex interaction between the local and a variety of wider global forces.

Abstract [fr]

L’auteur s’interroge dans cet article sur l’intérêt d’étudier les espaces urbains à travers le prisme du genre et nous montre comment cette approche théorique permet d’analyser la singularité de l’expérience vécue, non seulement comme une forme d’interaction sociale, mais comme liée à des structures sociales, ce qui implique des négociations, des tensions, des conflits et des incertitudes. Elle montre la nécessité d’une approche en termes de contextes de changement social, culturel et politique.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cairo: Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales , 2011. 21-35 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, agency, urban space
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1564ISBN: 2905838-48-5 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1564DiVA: diva2:549085
Note

The books English title: Local Governance in the Arab world and the Mediterranean: What roles for women?

Available from: 2012-09-03 Created: 2012-09-03 Last updated: 2012-11-13Bibliographically approved

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