Behind Closed Doors: Gendered Home Spaces in a Gulf Arab State

A Qatari architect in our study observed that a woman’s abaya (the black overgarment 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.



Citation:

Russell Belk and Rana Sobh (2009) ,"Behind Closed Doors: Gendered Home Spaces in a Gulf Arab State", in AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 8, eds. Sridhar Samu, Rajiv Vaidyanathan, and Dipankar Chakravarti, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 34-34.

Authors

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



Volume

AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 8 | 2009



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