Is There Feminism in Saudi Arabia?

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Is There Feminism in Saudi Arabia?
Hoza, Jacquelyn Lauren
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The use of the word feminism might be problematic in trying to describe women's movement in Saudi Arabia because of historical and social factors associated with the feminist movement. Feminism is a movement that developed out of Western events and discourse, therefore it might not properly describe what is taking place in Saudi Arabia. A comparison between women's movements in Saudi Arabia and the Western feminist movement reveals important differences. Furthermore, the aim of this research is to challenge the view that Saudi women have no agency and to explore the ways they seek to shape their society and challenge oppressive systems from within their own culture and worldview. This research will discuss why feminist theory may not be the ideal, and certainly not the only system that can address oppressive systems in non-Western societies, including Saudi Arabia. Additionally, this research will describe and analyze the ways in which Saudi women are working towards defining their own views of equity and creating women's movement within their society. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Major: Women's Studies, and Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Major: Sociology on May 2, 2018.
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College or School: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Advisor: Sarra Tlili. Advisor Department or School: Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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