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By N. Cook

This ebook is an ethnographic research of a gaggle of Western girls improvement staff residing in Gilgit, northern Pakistan. It makes a speciality of their efforts to build cozy lives and identities whereas quickly operating overseas during this Muslim neighborhood. It additionally analyses the political outcomes in their activities, addressing the ways that those ladies perpetuate and withstand unequal worldwide strength relatives of their daily lives. the writer lines the legacy of lots of those kin from the colonial interval into the current, and offers principles approximately how they are often replaced to understand a extra simply worldwide social fact.

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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.

Rather, I analyze the interpretive frameworks (discourses) that structure its internal meaning, together with the experiences and the knowledge of the self. 20 Gender, Identity, and Imperialism Interview data comprise a series of texts in the form of experiential narratives. How did I go about understanding the narrated experiences of my participants? In epistemological terms, an understanding of reality as discursively negotiated suggests that there are no unmediated, pristine experiences that ethnographers can access and know.

Made to feel most unwelcome and uncomfortable” . . many men are isolated from what Westerners consider normal interactions with women outside the family . . Thus women traveling on their own may be viewed as misfits or on the make . . It’s a tightrope act for a woman to get familiar enough with a local man to learn about his life or his village, while keeping him from interpreting the conversation as an invitation and turning up at her door later. Physical signs can help or hinder; follow local practice of not shaking hands with a new male friend, and keep eye contact to a minimum.

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