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Dr Taghreed Yahia-Younis

Visiting Scholar


Dr Taghreed Yahia-Younis joins us as a Woolf Institute Visiting Scholar for Michaelmas 2021.

Taghreed is a political sociologist. She received her doctorate in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University. Taghreed undertook her post-doctoral advanced study at the London School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

She is currently an Affiliate Lecturer at Tel Aviv University, with specific interest in sociology of strangers and gender studies. Her research will examine language and identity.

In her PhD research, she examined the intersections between Strangeness, politics and gender in Palestinian society in Israel. This research focused on "female strangers" – "Ghareebat" – and the social discourse constructing their position as "strangers" (including risks, opportunities and the strategies they use as coping mechanisms). Taghreed concludes, among other conclusions, that cultural and structural factors - both at communal and state level - as well as the interrelations between them explain the status of women as "strangers".

In another research, together with Hanna Herzog, Taghreed focused on gender and kinship-based discourse during primary elections held by Hamayel - large families – to select candidates to Palestinian-Arab municipalities. Under transformations that weaken the Hamuleh as a political institution, the primary elections offered a strategy to reproduce and perpetuate it as such whilst excluding women as voters, leave alone as candidates.

Also Taghreed traced the interrelations between space and politics within the same society. In brief, she questioned the classical gendered perceptions regarding two spaces/places: the private house and the elections' headquarter showing how they subvert and blur the boundaries and binaries of domestic/public, inside/outside, politics/family and feminine/masculine in a context of ascribed politics, as in the Palestinian case.

In addition, she co-worked with Amalia Saar on masculinity in the Palestinian minority in Israel, suggesting "masculinity in crisis" as a theoretical concept for analyzing the experience of Palestinian males.

In her article on the "Joint List", which was consisted of the four main parties within Palestinian society at the eve of the 2015 countrywide elections, she posits a feminist reading of the "Joint List", its agenda, representation, elections advertisement, and ways of action. From a feminist perspective in another work, she questioned the side effects of the ban of the Islamic Movement, northern wing, on women in Israel, claiming though it is religious, governed by men, it provided religious women, their families, as well as others, various social, economic, educational, psychological services and needs, and enabled them access to public space, under the lack of alternative accepted women's forums.

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