(Ad)dressing belonging in a contested space: Embodied spatial practices of Palestinian and Israeli women in Jerusalem

Malka Greenberg Raanan, Nufar Avni*

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Abstract

The article explores women's clothing choices from a feminist geopolitical lens to comprehend mobility practices and power-relations across the contested city of Jerusalem. Building on 80 interviews with Palestinian and Israeli women, we explore the different ways in which women's clothing choices can be interpreted as a spatial practice that affects urban im/mobilities. First, we demonstrate the different ways through which cultural and religious norms and representations of the body are perceived as both excluding and restricting women from using certain areas in the city. Second, we suggest that clothing practices may enable movement and mobility that potentially undermine social-cultural norms. Thus, women's bodies and clothing can be a political site of difference and resistance that somewhat underscores the insurmountability of boundaries in the contested spaces of Jerusalem.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number102090
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume76
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • Embodied Spatial Practices
  • Feminist geopolitics
  • Jerusalem
  • Mobility
  • Women's clothing

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