By N. Cook
This ebook is an ethnographic learn of a gaggle of Western girls improvement staff residing in Gilgit, northern Pakistan. It specializes in their efforts to build cozy lives and identities whereas briefly operating in another country during this Muslim group. It additionally analyses the political results in their activities, addressing the ways that those girls perpetuate and face up to unequal worldwide energy kin of their daily lives. the writer lines the legacy of a lot of those relatives from the colonial interval into the current, and gives principles approximately how they are often replaced to understand a extra simply international social truth.
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I mean, I’m sure you can be a Muslim woman and still have freedom. ” Anguita insists that Gilgiti women do indeed have negotiating space within the oppressions they experience: Local women have a different platform of power; the house and children are in their hands . . They have a say in the money, they have a say in the education, they have a say in the marriage of their children. So they run their platform and men run the outside platform, the bazaar life, and bring the money home. It’s not equal, but they are active, they have a say .
I felt sorry for the women. I’m sure they didn’t think anything of it, but I did. For them it was so natural, being brought up in the Muslim ways, but I saw it as oppression. Western society is always stressing human rights, but for the local women, I wonder if they really see their inequality and subordination. I, too, felt sorry for Gilgiti women during my first trip to Pakistan in 1986. I had developed a popular interest in (Euro-American) feminism, and this interest sensitized me to the absence of women in the street and to the veiled state of those who were present.
All the men and I got tea, but none of the women . . I felt sorry for the women. I’m sure they didn’t think anything of it, but I did. For them it was so natural, being brought up in the Muslim ways, but I saw it as oppression. Western society is always stressing human rights, but for the local women, I wonder if they really see their inequality and subordination. I, too, felt sorry for Gilgiti women during my first trip to Pakistan in 1986. I had developed a popular interest in (Euro-American) feminism, and this interest sensitized me to the absence of women in the street and to the veiled state of those who were present.