This thesis explores the hierarchical dynamics that govern the everydayness of women’s relationship to spaces. I argue that our conceptual understanding of space, especially through terms such as modern, cosmopolitan, tribal, village...etc, are all part of a lexicon that makes our everyday, but that also how we traverse the city, and the choices that we make of where to go and how to get there is an integral contributor of how a city is not only imagined but lived, and thus how the social imaginations that we believe govern our everyday is actually re-iterated. I argue that our choices as influenced by neoliberal capital has been influencing in turn our everyday and how it is not separate from the overarching events of rupture that occurred in 2011 through to 2013, and how these ruptures helped make the invisible of the hierarchical dimensions of the city visible.


Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies

Degree Name

MA in Gender & Women's Studies

Graduation Date


Submission Date

September 2015

First Advisor

Rieker, Martina

Committee Member 1

Sabea, Hanan

Committee Member 2

El Nur, Ibrahim


73 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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I received sponsorship from the university through a fellowship and a grant that covered my ethnographic work.