Consuming Gendered Space in Islam

This presentation reports initial findings of an ethnographic study of the home and gendered spaces and objects within it in Doha, Qatar. As a crossroads of the Middle East, Doha offers a unique opportunity to understand what is unique as well as what is common in Middle Eastern and Western values involving women, privacy, identity, and the home. While we find that homes and possessions are expressions of self and family, as they are elsewhere, we find differences from prior studies on the meanings of home spaces and possessions in the West. We interpret these findings in terms of religion and culture.


Rana Sobh and Russell Belk (2009) ,"Consuming Gendered Space in Islam", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36, eds. Ann L. McGill and Sharon Shavitt, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 210-213.


Rana Sobh, University of Qatar, Qatar
Russell Belk, York University, Canada


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36 | 2009

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