'Both an Arab and a woman': Gendered, racialised experiences of female Palestinian citizens of Israel

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Abstract

Following feminist and postcolonial discourses, this paper uses the concept of 'everyday experience' as a tool to trace the social world of educated Palestinian women in Israel. The term refers to the complex array of these women's experiences in racialised and gendered social sites, as well as within the class, religious, and ethnic contexts in the subordinated group and its relations with the dominant Jewish group. Based on 108 in-depth interviews with Palestinian women citizens of Israel, the paper claims that educated Palestinian women are located in a 'third place' between cultural, gender, class, national and racial structures that generates a continual ambivalence. Within this marginal, 'unhomely' space women negotiate their own identities and challenge dominant social definitions. Women create various modes of interim spaces and multi-dimensional, shifting identities for themselves. The ambivalent attitudes generated by the women's experiences expose the possibility of shedding categorising markers. The omnipresent existence of the gendered, racialised regime of knowledge makes every place a potential site of subversion and resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-82
Number of pages30
JournalSocial Identities
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2004

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