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Women RisingIn and Beyond the Arab Spring$
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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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Reclaiming Space(s)

Reclaiming Space(s)

Kuwaiti Women in the Karamat Watan Protests

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Women Rising

Emanuela Buscemi

NYU Press

Emanuela Buscemi investigates the role of Kuwaiti women activists in the Arab Spring–inspired Karamat Watan (A Nation’s Dignity) protests. This chapter focuses on how women’s activism transgressed two different arenas: the physical space in the streets and cyberspace. Younger and older women drew upon more than a half-century’s worth of activism to voice their dissent against corruption and complacent reforms. Accordingly, the Arab Spring events acted as catalysts of local political disaffection and social alienation inspiring local protests. The chapter draws on fieldwork conducted in Kuwait between 2013 and 2015, and is based on interviews with women activists.

Keywords:   Karamat Watan, women activists, cyberspace, catalysts, complacent reforms, Arab Spring, local protests

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