Emirati Women: Generations of Change by Jane Bristol-RhysEmirati Women: Generations of Change by Jane Bristol-Rhys

Emirati Women: Generations of Change

byJane Bristol-Rhys

Paperback | September 1, 2016

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The discovery of oil in the late 1960s catapulted the people of Abu Dhabi out of the isolating poverty into which it had plunged in the 1930s and onto the global stage. Massive construction projects built the city and infrastructural developments altered the physical and cultural landscape; ina few breathtaking decades, the lives of Emiratis were transformed by new opportunities and a social welfare system that offered free education, medical treatment, generous pensions, subsidies to families, and government incentives offered to citizens to participate in all sectors of the economy.Oil wealth also brought new expectations and new life-styles that are often sophisticated and lavish yet just as often criticized for being conspicuous displays of unbridled consumerism. Emirati Women offers a rare view into the lives of Emirati women and how they perceive the changes that have made poverty a dim and almost forgotten memory. In Emirati Women, Bristol-Rhys weaves together eight years of conversations and interviews with three generations of women, her observations ofEmirati society in Abu Dhabi, the unflattering stereotypes commonly heard in the extensive expatriate communities, and discussions with her Emirati university students on topics ranging from marriage, independence, freedom, and the future.
Jane Bristol-Rhys is a an Arabic-speaking cultural anthropologist who has lived in the Middle East for twenty years and has taught at Zayed University Abu Dhabi since 2001, having formerly taught in Egypt for many years. She is the author of many articles on the UAE.
Title:Emirati Women: Generations of ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190627069

ISBN - 13:9780190627065

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"Emirati Women is a very welcome addition to our knowledge of the people of the Arab Gulf and fills a large void in an area where women's voices, are, in general, still marginalised. Little that is published on the area offers readers the local inhabitants' viewpoint which is why the oralnarratives and interviews presented in this book illustrate so tellingly the lives of those who are otherwise marginalised and ignored, thereby revealing a fascinating world that is usually obscured in conventional accounts." --Dr Wanda Krause, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London