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The Burden Of Boundaries: Masculinities, Femininities And The Moral Discourse

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In much of the literature on Islamism, it is mostly women who are focused upon. Hawley and Proudfoot give one of the few theoretical reflections, which relates femininity to masculinity within fundamentalist discourses. What is clear from these studies is that in order to understand the relation between men and women with respect to the dominant moral discourse the author focuses on the relation between the symbolic and social level in relation to the nation-state. The author also scrutinizes the tenability of this imagery for the male elite members. So far, the author had related to the educated elite men as a homogeneous group of educated, de-tribalised, and nationalized men who acquired their position and identity by attending schools and boarding houses and holding a white-collar job. This has set them apart from their nonelite peers and relatives ‘back home’, with clear, undisputed boundaries between the two.

Keywords: dominant moral discourse; educated elite men; femininity; Islamism; masculinity; undisputed boundaries



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