Palestinian costume, the Intifada and the gendering of nationalist discourse

Sherwell, T. (1996) Palestinian costume, the Intifada and the gendering of nationalist discourse. Journal of Gender Studies, 5 (3). pp. 293-303. ISSN 0958-9236. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The essay explores why the peasant woman's costume has become one of the dominant representations of Palestinian cultural identity. The costume was traditionally a marker of regional and familial identity, however it has been invested with multiple meanings as a result of the dispossession and exile of Palestinian communities. The focus of the conflict are competing claims to the same territory. Thus the use of peasant symbolism is a result of Palestinians being engaged in articulating an identity rooted in the land. Nationalist discourses through imaging the women in traditional dress have sought to prescribe women's national role as confined to the domestic sphere. However the costume's design and significance is continually transformed by women. In re-making the dress, women express their national aspirations and have used the dress to challenge the positions assigned to them in national discourses, this was particularly evident during the Intifada uprising when women wearing flag dresses crossed the boundaries between private and public spaces.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 09:56
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2009 18:40
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