Kuwaiti Women in the Karamat Watan Protests
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.
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