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The Romance of Resistance: Tracing Transformations of Power Through Bedouin Women

Lila Abu-Lughod
American Ethnologist
Vol. 17, No. 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 41-55
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/645251
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Resistance has become in recent years a popular focus for work in the human sciences. Despite the theoretical sophistication of many anthropological and historical studies of everyday resistance, there remains a tendency to romanticize it. I argue instead that resistance should be used as a diagnostic of power, and I show what the forms of Awlad Ἁli Bedouin women's resistance can reveal about the historically changing relations of power in which they are enmeshed as they become increasingly incorporated into the Egyptian state and economy. [resistance, power, Bedouins, women, the state, Egypt]

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