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What is preventing Jordanian women from working?

Alian, Azadeh LU (2009) STVK01 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This paper investigates the labour force participation among Jordanian women. Although most indicators, such as the country’s political economy and relatively high HDI scores, the high percentage of female students at universities and encouragement from the Royal family, signal that the situation ought to be different, Jordanian women’s labour force participation is below the Middle Eastern average. In order to understand this contradictory phenomenon, modernity and political economy theories are employed in combination with qualitative methods. In-depth interviews with students, professors and representatives from NGOs and ministries were conducted during Minor Field Study in Amman, Jordan. The stay lasted from November 2008 to January... (More)
This paper investigates the labour force participation among Jordanian women. Although most indicators, such as the country’s political economy and relatively high HDI scores, the high percentage of female students at universities and encouragement from the Royal family, signal that the situation ought to be different, Jordanian women’s labour force participation is below the Middle Eastern average. In order to understand this contradictory phenomenon, modernity and political economy theories are employed in combination with qualitative methods. In-depth interviews with students, professors and representatives from NGOs and ministries were conducted during Minor Field Study in Amman, Jordan. The stay lasted from November 2008 to January 2009 and was financed through a scholarship from the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida. The study shows that cultural, economical and political factors such as social norms, economic hardships and lack of adequate and necessary legislation are preventing Jordanian women from joining the labour force. (Less)
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Alian, Azadeh LU
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STVK01 20091
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Middle East, Minor Field Study, female labour force participation, Jordan, modernity
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English
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1405267
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2010-08-26 11:38:39
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  abstract     = {This paper investigates the labour force participation among Jordanian women. Although most indicators, such as the country’s political economy and relatively high HDI scores, the high percentage of female students at universities and encouragement from the Royal family, signal that the situation ought to be different, Jordanian women’s labour force participation is below the Middle Eastern average. In order to understand this contradictory phenomenon, modernity and political economy theories are employed in combination with qualitative methods. In-depth interviews with students, professors and representatives from NGOs and ministries were conducted during Minor Field Study in Amman, Jordan. The stay lasted from November 2008 to January 2009 and was financed through a scholarship from the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida. The study shows that cultural, economical and political factors such as social norms, economic hardships and lack of adequate and necessary legislation are preventing Jordanian women from joining the labour force.},
  author       = {Alian, Azadeh},
  keyword      = {Middle East,Minor Field Study,female labour force participation,Jordan,modernity},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {What is preventing Jordanian women from working?},
  year         = {2009},
}