Fragile Intimacies: Marriage and Love in the Palestinian Camps of Jordan (1948-2001)

Author
Stephanie Latte Abdallah
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal of Palestine Studies
Volume
38
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Summer 2009
Institution
Institute for Palestine Studies
Abstract
This article focuses on conjugal love as an articulated, lived emotion; on relationships between spouses within the context of the family; and on how these emotions and relations have changed over time in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. Based on interviews with four generations of Palestinian camp women, the article charts evolving marital patterns and attitudes toward marriage in relation to changing political circumstances and diverse influences. Particular emphasis is given to the third generation and the emergence of individualization of choice and its consequences. The influence of the family and the role of protection in the formation of conjugal bonds are also addressed.
Topic
Security, Politics
Political Geography
Europe, Middle East, Jordan