“Om hon lever vill människor se mer och mer”

Rykten, splittrad kvinnlighet och heder bland svenska kvinnor från Mellanöstern


  • Åsa Eldén Uppsala universitet




“If she is alive, people want to see more and more”: Gossip, divided femaleness and honour among Swedish women from the Middle East

This article analyses how Swedish women from the Middle East talk about gossip. In interviews, the women talk about a “good reputation” as something “necessary” and “very important”, and about “bad reputation” as something one has to avoid at any cost. Using a contextual and relational understanding ofthe concepts of “identity” and “culture”, the article analyses the women's talk about gossip as a construction of gender identity in the eyes of “others”. This construction, it is argued, is related to a contrast between what others can see and what others cannot see. Further, it can be analysed in the light of cultural notions of divided femaleness, here understood as a construction of “the whore” - an irrevocably stained woman - and “the virgin” - a pure and untouched woman - as mutually exclusive categories. Through this analysis, a widened understanding of the concept of honour is reached, where different cultural notions, like gossip, hijab, honour and divided femaleness are held together.




Referera så här

Eldén, Åsa. 2001. ”“Om Hon Lever Vill människor Se Mer Och mer”: Rykten, Splittrad Kvinnlighet Och Heder Bland Svenska Kvinnor från Mellanöstern”. Sociologisk Forskning 38 (3-4):115-47. https://doi.org/10.37062/sf.38.19461.