Synopses & Reviews
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 womens 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 womens education, class and migration on womens resources and networks. An engaging, warm, and oftentimes humorous portrait of Muslim womens responses to development, Daughters of Tunis is an exciting new approach to ethnography: merging the historically disparate methods of both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
An innovative ethnography that uses the personal stories of four Tunisian women to explore womens experiences in a developing Muslim nation.
About the Author
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.