Theses Doctoral

Palestinian Women's Movements and Their Relations With the Palestinian Nationalist Movement: A History of Partnership and A Future of Challenging Cooperation

Aldaqqaq, Ihab

This study investigates the relationship between Palestinian Women's Movement(s) (PWMs) and the Palestinian Nationalist Movement (PNM). A closer look at the descriptive research about (PWMs) indicates that both movements have generally been perceived as one entity by some Palestinian activists as well as scholars who have explored Palestinian nationalism. Here, we address questions about the nature of women's activism in Palestine and seek to assess to what extent this organizing and mobilization form a social movement, particularly questions that focus on important factors such as faction dynamics, funding dynamics, perceptions and relationships issues, leadership features and religion dynamics.
Taking into consideration the specificity of women's movements in a nation that has survived military occupation for over five decades under military occupation, this research draws on a number of theories, including resource mobilization and resource dependence as well as political opportunity theories. The research is rooted in extensive interviews with former and current women activists, in addition to chief executive officers (CEOs) of Palestinian women's movement organizations located in the West Bank, Palestine. Moreover, the researcher utilizes thematic analysis. This study is among very few that seek to shed light on women's activism in Palestine "West Bank and East Jerusalem" through the eyes of a Palestinian-born man who was raised therein and is an integral part of the cultural and academic fabric of that land.

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Academic Units
Social Work
Thesis Advisors
Simon, Barbara Levy
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
July 7, 2014