Behind Closed Doors: Gendered Home Spaces in an Arab Gulf State (22:00)

Russell Belk, York University, Canada
Rana Sobh, University of Qatar, Qatar
A Qatari architect in our study observed that a woman’s abaya (the black over-garment that is the national dress), shayla (an accompanying black head covering), and niqab (a black face veil covering all but her eyes) are the embodied extension of gendered spaces in Qatari homes. That is, it provides a sense of privacy and modesty as well as a screen safeguarding the woman from the gaze of the outside (predominantly male) world. This video provides an introduction to the changing role of home design in the wealthy state of Qatar and how it relates to gender identity and other meanings.
[ to cite ]:
Russell Belk and Rana Sobh (2009) ,"Behind Closed Doors: Gendered Home Spaces in an Arab Gulf State (22:00)", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36, eds. Ann L. McGill and Sharon Shavitt, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 802-802.