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Daughters Of Tunis: Women, Family, and Networks in a Muslim City [Paperback]

Paula Holmes-Eber
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July 24 2002 Westview Case Studies in Anthropology
Daughters of Tunis is an innovative ethnography that carefully weaves the words and intimate, personal stories of four Tunisian women and their families with a statistical analysis of women’s survival strategies in a rapidly urbanizing, industrializing Muslim nation. Delineating three distinct network strategies, Holmes-Eber demonstrates the “public” role of neighborhoods as informal social security systems, and the impact of women’s education, class and migration on women’s resources and networks. An engaging, warm, and oftentimes humorous portrait of Muslim women’s responses to development, Daughters of Tunis is an exciting new approach to ethnography: merging the historically disparate methods of both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

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Paula Holmes-Eber is a visiting scholar in Middle East Studies and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and was formerly an assistant professor in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught courses in peoples and cultures of the Islamic Middle East, gender and family in the Middle East, and women and development, among other courses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of Muslim Stereotypes? Sept. 4 2002
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This study is an engaging often humorous read that does not follow the stereotypical media representation of the Muslim women. In this easy to read yet scholarly study, Holmes-Eber invites us to meet tens of real Muslim women. Not the mistreated and oppressed media cartoon, but women that we can relate to and understand. If you are looking for yet another sensationalized depiction of downtrodden Arab women find another book. If, however, you would like to discover what real Muslim women are like, this is one of the few and far between books that you should read.
I read the book in two nights and found it utterly refreshing! Especially in light of recent events this book will help all of us Americans to see Arabs and Muslims as people first, making us question the Arab enemy image that we are continually bombarded with. This book is truly a contribution to cultural understanding and hopefully world peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of Muslim Stereotypes? Sept. 4 2002
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Format:Paperback
This study is an engaging often humorous read that does not follow the stereotypical media representation of the Muslim women. In this easy to read yet scholarly study, Holmes-Eber invites us to meet tens of real Muslim women. Not the mistreated and oppressed media cartoon, but women that we can relate to and understand. If you are looking for yet another sensationalized depiction of downtrodden Arab women find another book. If, however, you would like to discover what real Muslim women are like, this is one of the few and far between books that you should read.
I read the book in two nights and found it utterly refreshing! Especially in light of recent events this book will help all of us Americans to see Arabs and Muslims as people first, making us question the Arab enemy image that we are continually bombarded with. This book is truly a contribution to cultural understanding and hopefully world peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You just can't find this information elsewhere. March 24 2009
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I'd purchased this book years ago, and finally got around to reading it a couple months ago. It was such a hard start, but some weeks ago I got past the intro. Ugh, I should not read have bothered with the intro. Unless you're reading this for school, it isn't helpful and it will make it a hard read. You can read the intro last. It's all methodology, research tactics. Important to understand perspective, but not critical to appreciate the book.

So, once you get past the intro, the meat of this book is incredible. You just can't get this information elsewhere. It's priceless. I've not found enough resources on Tunisian culture and women in Tunisia/North Africa (in English) that are truly informative like this. Most books offer just the tourist perspective, this offers you life perspectives, and insights into the real people and families of Tunis. Yes, it's a bit dated, but when you need a starting point for understanding Tunisia and Tunisians, this is incredibly helpful.

Tunisia is such a very different country, and this book finally tells some of the story of its people. I'm impressed and pleased. It's a reference book that, outside of the intro, is actually a pretty easy read.
5.0 out of 5 stars different lifestyle different world Feb. 8 2014
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very intresting views of life outside the U.S life seems family oriented shows the culture is still very family connected..the deep loyality they show. good reading
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