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Working Women in Jordan : Education, Migration, and Aspiration - Fida J. Adely

Working Women in Jordan

Education, Migration, and Aspiration

By: Fida J. Adely

Hardcover | 5 June 2024 | Edition Number 1

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A surprising look at the meaningful social changes in Jordan as lived and navigated by educated women.

Jordan has witnessed tremendous societal transformation in its relatively short history. Today it has one of the most highly educated populations in the region, and women have outnumbered and outperformed their male counterparts for more than a decade. Yet, despite their education and professional status, many women still struggle to build a secure future and a life befitting of their aspirations.

In Working Women in Jordan anthropologist Fida J. Adely turns to college-educated women in Jordan who migrate from rural provinces to Amman for employment opportunities. Building on twelve years of ethnographic research and extensive interviews with dozens of women, as well as some of their family members, Adely analyzes the effects of developments such as expanded educational opportunities, urbanization, privatization, and the restructuring of the labor market on women's life trajectories, gender roles, the institution of marriage, and kinship relations. Through these rich narrative accounts and the analysis of broader socio-economic shifts, Adely explains how educational structures can act as both facilitators and obstacles to workforce entry-along with cascading consequences for family and social life. Deeply thorough and compelling, Working Women in Jordan asks readers to think more critically about what counts as development, and for whom.
Industry Reviews

In vibrant ethnographic detail, Working Women in Jordan illuminates the desires, aspirations, and struggles of young, educated women who have migrated to Amman to work. Adely brilliantly uplifts women's 'creative agency' while contextualizing their lives in relation to Jordan's neoliberal economic policies and demographic shifts, as well as the growing urbanization and density of its capital city. The longitudinal perspective Adely brings to women's work and family experiences is invaluable for our understandings of gendered social change."

-- Lara Deeb, Scripps College

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