Title
My daughter is a free woman, so she can't marry a Muslim : the gendering of ethno-religious boundaries My daughter is a free woman, so she can't marry a Muslim : the gendering of ethno-religious boundaries
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Source (journal)
The European journal of women's studies. - London
Volume/pages
19(2012) :2 , p. 157-171
ISSN
1350-5068
ISI
000303814300002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Discourses often uncover underlying social boundaries related to concepts such as ethnicity, gender and religion. By applying an intersectional approach, this article shows how the gendering of ethno-religious boundaries is central in the narratives of parents of Belgian, Italian and Moroccan origin, living in Flanders, Belgium. These processes are extremely salient when discourses on partner choice are discussed, as is the focal point in the current study. The construction of boundaries and identities are deeply influenced by dominant social representations. The results show how the construction and justification of boundaries can also have restrictive consequences for individuals. Parents want to restrict daughters for their own good, and exogamy seems to be the prerogative of sons.
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