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Making Do in Damascus
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Drawing on fieldwork that spans nearly twenty years, Making Do in Damascus offers a rare portrayal of ordinary family life in Damascus, Syria. It explores how women draw on cultural ideals around gender, re­ligion and family to negotiate a sense of collective and personal identity. Emphasizing the ability of women to creatively manage family relation­ships within mostly conservative Sunni Muslim households, Gallagher highlights how personal and material resources shape women's choices and constraints around education, choice of marriage partner, decisions about employment, childrearing, relationships with kin, and the uses and risks of new information technologies. Gallagher argues that taking a nuanced approach toward analyz­ing women’s identity and authority in society, allows us to think beyond dichotomies of Damascene women as either oppressed by class and patriarchy on one hand, or completely autonomous agents of their own lives on the other. Tracing ordinary women’s experiences and ideals across decades of social and economic change Making Do in Damas­cus highlights the salience of collective identity, place, and connection within families, as well as resources and regional politics, in shaping a generation of families in Damascus.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote, About the Author
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-12
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xi-14
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. The Arab Republic of Syria
  2. pp. 25-59
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  1. 3. Education, Expectations, and Opportunities
  2. pp. 60-104
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  1. 4. Engagement, Faith, and Family
  2. pp. 105-154
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  1. 5. Cutting the Melon
  2. pp. 155-199
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  1. 6. Paying for the Honey
  2. pp. 200-239
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  1. 7. Technology, Security, and Social Change
  2. pp. 240-281
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  1. 8. Crafting Lives
  2. pp. 282-300
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. References
  2. pp. 303-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-335
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 359-360
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