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Boundaries Con/Text Analysed: Gender Identities And Resistance

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This chapter reconsiders the onion layers, which the author had peeled off in the course of the book and cut across them. As the author wants to construct a ‘grounded’ notion of the relation between gender identity and Islam, she connects the narratives of the working women; the dominant discourse by the government on gender; and her own theoretical and methodological perceptions on gendered identities. The author reconstructs her different, but related, contextualizations and articulates an analytical framework. The basis of this framework is formed by her consideration of biographic narratives as a performance of gender and power. Although the goals women had with these performances were, and are, of main importance, the author’s in re-reading the narratives here is to decide whether these narratives can be seen as resistance.

Keywords: biographic narratives; dominant discourse; gender identity; gendered identities; Islam; resistance; working women



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