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Redefining Revolutions in the Spaces of the Tents (2014)


The wave of revolutions that took a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries by storm reached Syria on March 15, 2011. What started as a popular uprising in fact has metamorphosed from peaceful protest into an armed revolution that continues to be met with violent repression and collective punishment from the Assad regime---increasing the daily toll of Syrians who are fleeing their country in search of security. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced to date, half of whom are women. Among married women, countless cases seek refuge with their children, leaving their husbands behind: dead, missing, fighting, or wanted. Upon their arrival in Lebanon, many Syrian women who fled without their husbands settle in alone---thus becoming female heads of household. Others move in with relatives, in compliance with the patriarchal values governing their societies. This short piece aspires to go beyond patriarchal approaches representing Syrian women to shed some light on the shifting lives of those who fled without their husbands, leading daily revolutions over contested spaces, norms, and gender roles. This text argues that there is nothing more political, nothing more revolutionary, than women fighting daily battles, resisting hegemonies of states, crossing constructed national borders, and questioning traditional gender roles. Women in the spaces of the tents repoliticize everyday life and rearticulate the meaning of revolutions.

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Authors & Contributors
Millward, Liz
Oldenziel, Ruth
Egge, Sara
Deegan, Mary Jo
Danielewicz, Jane
Hallenbeck, Sarah Overbaugh
Engineering Studies
Agricultural History
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Social Studies of Science
McGill-Queen's University Press
Babylon-De Geus
Transaction Publishers
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The MIT Press
Technology and gender
Social justice
Material culture
MacLean, Annie Marion
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Chicago (Illinois, U.S.)
Myanmar (Burma)
Southeast Asia
University of Chicago

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