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The Setting: Relations Of Ruling In Kebkabiya

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This chapter clarifies to what extent the position of the ‘other’ of the foreigner and the female came together during the research period in Kebkabiya town; and how Johan, but predominantly Yasmin, and the author became part of that local context and negotiated their positioning during the course of their stay. Female teachers who belong to a class that is constituted by the dominant discourse as the example of virtue and correct ‘female Muslim conduct’ are not above its workings, their position is neither undisputed nor undisputable. So both classes of working women have to continuously negotiate the dominant discourse in order to get the respect that goes with the subject position that is allotted to them. Therefore the idea of ‘relations of ruling’ as described by Dorothy Smith is helpful to understand these positions and processes of negotiation.

Keywords: dominant discourse; Dorothy Smith; female Muslim conduct; Johan; Kebkabiya; Kebkabiya town; ruling relations; working women; Yasmin



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