Chapter

Complexities

Nora Rose Moosnick

in Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136219
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813136851 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813136219.003.0002
Complexities

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This chapter is dedicated to multiplying the dimensions of the stories told. Characterizing this work as devoted to immigrants neglects the complicated relationship that Arabs and Jews have with the Middle East as well as the fact that many of the people included in this work were not immigrants. Identities are also disorderly. Identifying as an Arab or Jew may have less to do with being religiously inclined and more to do with associating with the Middle East or being identified by non-Arabs and non-Jews as an Arab or Jew because of one's outward appearance or name. Voice is also intricate. While determined to uncover Arab and Jewish women's tales, often it is the men who do the talking because their mothers, aunts or grandmothers have passed away and are not here to tell their stories. Discrepancies also emerge in relation to the businesses with some businesses defining the women's and family's identities while for others it was a passing preoccupation.

Keywords: Identity; family businesses; gender; immigrants

Chapter.  7114 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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