Cainkar, Louise. Palestinian-American Muslim women: living on the margins of two worlds

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Palestinian-American Muslim women: living on the margins of two worlds

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Muslim families in North America, edited by Earle H. Waugh, Sharon McIrvin Abu-Laban, Regula Burckhardt Qureshi

Published By: Original publisher Muslim families in North America, edited by Earle H. Waugh, Sharon McIrvin Abu-Laban, Regula Burckhardt Qureshi Edmonton, Alta., Canada: University of Alberta Press. 1991. 282-308, 333-357 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Louise Cainkar

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gender status (562); Ethnic stratification (563); Regulation of marriage (582); Arranging a marriage (584); Status of adolescents (882); Adolescent activities (883); Students (877);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a study of the difficult experience of growing up female for Palestinian-American women, whose lives were severely constrained by traditional sexual mores and gender ideals. It is based on participant observation, informal interviews, and formal open-ended life history interviews with 22 Palestinian-American women born between 1943 and 1961. Beginning with grade school, Palestinian-American women have had to contend with racial prejudice in school and gender inequality in the home, where they had to serve on their brothers. As teenagers their lives were even more constricted by traditional proscriptions on sexual behavior, to the point where they had to sever their relationship with their non-Arab girlfriends. As young adults they were forced into arranged marriages. College for some of the women offerred a respite and an opportunity to refashion their ethnic and gender identities, but at the cost of losing their marital appeal to tradition-bound Palestine-American men. Cainkar argues that the experience of Palestine-American women compared to Palestine women has been one of greater gender inequality, because the generally freer American society was closed to women, whereas men were free to participate in it.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 28

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nk09-028

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-357)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1982-1985

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Sociologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 1998

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1943-1985

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Chicago, Ill., United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Arab Americans


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