Women of the intifada: gender, class and national liberation

Author(s): Abdo, Nahla

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Abstract An analysis of the process of gender consciousness as it develops within the trajectory of national liberation, based on fieldwork & participant observation in occupied Palestine. At one level of analysis, it is argued that state or institutionalized nationalism must be separated from the national movement. This separation is theoretically prudent & politically necessary. By examining the role of the Israeli state, it is shown that the nature of the nation-state is inherently racist & oppressive. In contradistinction, analysis of the Palestinian national movement demonstrates a latent democratic potential. To activate this democratic power in the interest of women, the Palestinian women's movement must push their feminist (womanist) agenda in the forefront of the intifada (uprising) so that these needs will be entrenched in the future independent state. It is argued that Palestinian women lead a double struggle: as nationals, they struggle against Israeli colonialism & subjugation of their economy, polity, & culture; & as women, they struggle against the Palestinian patriarchal social system. AA
Publication Title Race & Class
Publisher Sage Publications
Publication Date 04/1991
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Keywords Class
Feminism
Gender roles
Israel
Israeli Occupied Territories
J JM ETHNIC STUDIES
J WM SOCIAL ISSUES
J XA SOCIOLOGY
National liberation movements
Nationalism
Palestinians
Political Science
Rebellions
Social Consciousness
Sociology
Women
Womens Roles
article
fieldwork, participant observation
gender consciousness, national liberation struggle
occupied Palestine
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