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Strictly Observant

Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women Negotiating Media
  • By Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar
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The Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities have typically been associated with strict religious observance, a renunciation of worldly things, and an obedience of women to men. Women's relationship to media in these communities, however, betrays a more nuanced picture of the boundaries at play and women's roles in negotiating them.

Strictly Observant presents a compelling ethnographic study of the complex dynamic between women in both the Pennsylvanian Old Order Amish and Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities and contemporary media technologies. These women regularly establish valuable social, cultural, and religious capital through the countless decisions for use and non-use of media that they make in their daily lives, and in ways that challenge the gender hierarchies of each community. By exhibiting a deep awareness of how media can be managed to increase their social and religious reputations, these women prompt us to reconsider our outmoded understanding of the Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, the role that women play in these communities as agents of change, and our own relationship to media today.

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    • SKU: 9781978805224
    • ISBN 13: 9781978805224
    • Publication Date: 01/12/2024
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.06 pounds

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