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Women of Jordan -A Minor Field Study about women in a developing country

Eklund, Julia LU and Christrup, Sabina LU (2009) SOPA63 20091
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how young women in urban and rural areas of Jordan, a developing country, think about their role in the family, education and work. We also want to see which strategies they use to navigate in the family as a social system in a changing context. The study is based on 12 interviews with Jordanian women where six live in urban and six live in rural areas. The perspective of structural functionalism is used to investigate women’s role in a system. In order to gain more focus on the gender role of the woman a gender perspective is used as a complement. The conclusion of this study is that the interviewed women want to study, work, and get married. All interviewees point out the importance of having... (More)
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how young women in urban and rural areas of Jordan, a developing country, think about their role in the family, education and work. We also want to see which strategies they use to navigate in the family as a social system in a changing context. The study is based on 12 interviews with Jordanian women where six live in urban and six live in rural areas. The perspective of structural functionalism is used to investigate women’s role in a system. In order to gain more focus on the gender role of the woman a gender perspective is used as a complement. The conclusion of this study is that the interviewed women want to study, work, and get married. All interviewees point out the importance of having an equal balance between education, work, family life and marriage. The difficulty is to find a good balance without neglecting any area. In order to do this, the women want their husbands to take a bigger part in the responsibilities of the family and household. What holds the women back from trying to achieve this is their view on gender. Partly they do not trust men to be able to take care of the family and partly they think that women are more suitable to handle the family and household. Today women use other strategies to manage to achieve their goals. Some divide their adult life into two parts where the first part focuses on education and making a career and the other on family. Many women also choose jobs that are flexible and can be adapted to their family life. (Less)
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Eklund, Julia LU and Christrup, Sabina LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20091
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Jordan , social system, responsibilities, gender role, Women, family
language
English
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1468186
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how young women in urban and rural areas of Jordan, a developing country, think about their role in the family, education and work. We also want to see which strategies they use to navigate in the family as a social system in a changing context. The study is based on 12 interviews with Jordanian women where six live in urban and six live in rural areas. The perspective of structural functionalism is used to investigate women’s role in a system. In order to gain more focus on the gender role of the woman a gender perspective is used as a complement. The conclusion of this study is that the interviewed women want to study, work, and get married. All interviewees point out the importance of having an equal balance between education, work, family life and marriage. The difficulty is to find a good balance without neglecting any area. In order to do this, the women want their husbands to take a bigger part in the responsibilities of the family and household. What holds the women back from trying to achieve this is their view on gender. Partly they do not trust men to be able to take care of the family and partly they think that women are more suitable to handle the family and household. Today women use other strategies to manage to achieve their goals. Some divide their adult life into two parts where the first part focuses on education and making a career and the other on family. Many women also choose jobs that are flexible and can be adapted to their family life.},
  author       = {Eklund, Julia and Christrup, Sabina},
  keyword      = {Jordan 
,social system,responsibilities,gender role,Women,family},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Women of Jordan -A Minor Field Study about women in a developing country},
  year         = {2009},
}