september, 2018

201825sep12:30 pm2:00 pmResearch Workshop: Structural Accommodations of Classic Patriarchy-Women and Workplace Gender Segregation in Qatar — Rania Salem (Sociology)12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Institute of Islamic Studies, 170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto Event Organized By: Institute of Islamic Studies


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Although the institutions of classic patriarchy are intact in Qatar, women are entering the labor force in growing numbers. Kandiyoti (1988) argues that women’s need to work in societies historically characterized by classic patriarchy causes them to enact strategic accommodations that signal their feminine respectability while preserving male domination. We find the Qatari context to be characterized by structural rather than individual accommodations of patriarchy. State institutions and several employers have introduced gender segregated workplaces that facilitate women’s employment while maintaining patriarchy. Using semi-structured interview data with university-aged Qatari women, we examine attitudes towards employment, specifically those related to gender mixing in the workplace. Young women’s narratives reveal complex schemas regarding the acceptability of gender mixing, which depends on characteristics of the working woman, characteristics of the men with whom she must interact in the workplace, and the spatial organization of the workplace itself. Women’s protection of their reputations, critical to maintaining their families’ support and their own marriageability, emerged as a key motivation for limiting interactions with men. The preference for gender segregated workplaces reveals Qatari women’s continued subscription to the patriarchal bargain – they constrain their behavior in the hope of receiving the protection of male kin.


(Tuesday) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Institute of Islamic Studies

170 St. George Street, Jackman Humanities Bldg, Suite 530, Seminar Room, Toronto




Institute of Islamic Studies