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The Panopticon of Bay Ridge

The Panopticon of Bay Ridge

Young Women as Community Leaders

(p.82) 4 The Panopticon of Bay Ridge
Arab New York
Emily Regan Wills
NYU Press

This chapter explores young women’s experience of leadership in both community organizations and social movement activity. Using the Foucauldian concept of the panopticon, it demonstrates how both non-members of the Arab community and members of it engage in disciplinary tactics towards these young women for their behaviour, asking them to uphold contradictory standards of gendered behaviour. Young women are highly conscious of their position under constant observation, and use a variety of tactics to engage with it.

Keywords:   Gender, Women in leadership, Community organizations, Panopticon, Leadership

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