The Romance of Resistance: Tracing Transformations of Power Through Bedouin Women

Author(s): Abu-Lughod, Lila

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Abstract Resistance has become in recent years a popular focus for work in the human sciences. Despite the theoretical sophistication of many anthropological and historical studies of everyday resistance, there remains a tendency to romanticize it. I argue instead that resistance should be used as a diagnostic of power, and I show what the forms of Awlad Ἁli Bedouin women's resistance can reveal about the historically changing relations of power in which they are enmeshed as they become increasingly incorporated into the Egyptian state and economy. [resistance, power, Bedouins, women, the state, Egypt]
Publication Title American Ethnologist
Publisher American Anthropological Association
Publication Date 02/1990
URIs http://www.jstor.org/stable/645251
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Keywords Analysis
Anthropology
Arabs
Bedouin
Bedouin women
Bedouins
Egypt
J BF ANTHROPOLOGY
Political dissent
Power (Social sciences)
Sex role
Social aspects
Subversive activities
Women
ethnography
folklore
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