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Women and places outside

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In this chapter the attention shifts from the social construction of women, to what stories tell us more specifically about water. It looks more closely at water with regard to how women experience changes in water use. Activities involved in fetching water are connected to their notions of places outside their house. Um Muhammad and the others talked about piped water as a "good thing". They all know about hygiene, the connections between dirt and sickness. They also know that piped water is what rich people have. KHALA belongs to the village's open mountain landscape, JEBEL. It is part of the negotiated spaces between men and women. The second main spring is TALAT AL BIR, east of the village. This is the spring young brides walked to in procession. The old village and several of the new houses are constructed of bricks and stones gathered from surrounding hills and valley.

Keywords: JEBEL; KHALA; women



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