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The Interplay of Space and Gender in the City of Mostaganem, Algeria

Fatima Zohra Benneghrouzi () and Mimouna Zitouni ()
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Fatima Zohra Benneghrouzi: Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University, Mostaganem
Mimouna Zitouni: University of Mohamed Ben Ahmed, Oran 2

No 14, Working papers from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: This paper probes the following questions: 1 to what extent do the conceptualisation and implementation of space/place express and sustain certain hegemonic hierarchies that normalise socio-cultural divisions in Arab Algerian environment of Mostaganem City? 2 What tools are utilised as means of space exclusion? 3 Is there a possibility of recreating new spaces for women, by making them occupy existing men’ spaces or revalorise unexploited spaces? 4 And ultimately, how much disempowering space is for women? In relation to these questions, three postulations are advanced: 1 The Arab Algerian culture is drastically male-oriented and space appropriation only validates such culturally hammered circumstance. 2 Harassment by verbal violence is the main and most forceful tool of space exclusion. 3 Masculine hegemony has it that no possibility of space re valorisation is now opportune.

Keywords: gender; culture; disempowerment; Mostaganem; space/place exclusion; hegemony; harassmen (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-05
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Published in Proceedings of the 9th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, April 4-5, 2018, pages 204-222

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