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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(4), 123; doi:10.3390/socsci6040123

Qatari Women Navigating Gendered Space

Faculty of Premedical Education, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Education City, P.O. Box 24144 Doha, Qatar
Received: 27 July 2017 / Revised: 11 October 2017 / Accepted: 12 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Understanding Muslim Mobilities and Gender)
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ADespite growing interest in the lived experience of Muslim women in Arab countries, there is still a dearth of studies on the Gulf region. This article focuses on Qatar, a Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) country, to explore its changing sociocultural landscape and reflect on Qatari women’s agency within the framework of the traditional gendered space model. Applying Grounded Theory methodology to data collected from a variety of scholarly and non-scholarly sources, the author offers a themed overview of factors that facilitate and constrain Qatari women’s mobility. The findings testify to a significant increase in female presence and visibility in the public sphere—specifically in the spaces of education, employment, and sports. They also show that young Qatari women exercise agency through navigating the existing systems rather than question traditional socio-cultural norms. The paper identifies this search for a middle ground between tradition and modernity and its ideological underpinnings as the area of future research that should be led by Qatari women themselves. View Full-Text
Keywords: Qatar; gender; space; tradition; modernization; globalization; women; agency; mobility; transformation Qatar; gender; space; tradition; modernization; globalization; women; agency; mobility; transformation
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