By Nancy Cook (auth.)
An ethnographic learn exhibiting how Western girls dwelling in Pakistan as foreign improvement staff developed new identities in a Muslim neighborhood. prepare dinner exhibits how those transnational migrants either perpetuate and face up to unequal international energy kin in way of life, tracing the legacy of this from the colonial interval to the present.
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Third, this self-controlled agent, who acts according to its own principles and rational choices, appears fully formed out of an unspecified social setting (Kilminster 1991; Murdock 1997). Structuration theory describes the behaviors and characteristics of this agent, but it does not explain how this specific type of agent developed. Structural considerations seem to be irrelevant until after the knowledgeable16 agent materializes. By relying on this type of agent, Giddens precludes a thorough recursiveness in his theory.
With respect to a solution, Amanda suggests “they should fight back, not just take it any more. But the women here, I think they see themselves as victims, and this I cannot understand. ” René would improve the lot of Gilgiti women by giving them jobs: “The reason why I say that work would be a good thing for local women is that underlying that, I’m assuming that as they work they learn how to think . . how to problem solve, how to think of cause and effect and sequence. This happens first, second, third, and if I do that then that will happen.
But, following de Certeau, I think discourse analysis can make us attentive to aspects of experience that are not organized by discourse and trace their potentially resistant effects. It allows me to understand embodied practices and spoken and written experiential narratives as power-filled discursive practices, and to discern how subjectivities are discursively constituted through multiple axes of power and how particular versions of reality are perpetuated and resisted through words, actions, and emotions.
Gender, Identity, and Imperialism: Women Development Workers in Pakistan by Nancy Cook (auth.)