Tracing “the Anorexic” and “the Veiled Woman”: Towards a Relational Approach
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AbstractThe ‘new’ Muslim veiling phenomenon represents a co ntemporary ‘equivalent’ to the growing epidemic of anorexia in the industrialised West, Mervat Nasser has argued (1999). Like anorexia 1 , she contends, the new veiling 2 , represented by the growing number of young Muslim women wearing Islamic dress within universities, workplaces, urban centres and political organisations around th e world, responds to ‘conflicting cultural messages and contradictory cultural expect ations’ experienced by women globally (407). Both embodied practices 3 function as forms of problem solving which, in the absence of real power or control, help women co pe with the competing demands of ambitious professional goals and pressure to mainta in a traditional female identity. And both, she suggests, ultimately lead to the reproduc tion of tradition and the reinforcement of gender inequality.
Pedwell, Carolyn (2007) Tracing “the Anorexic” and “the Veiled Woman”: Towards a Relational Approach. Working paper. Gender Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)