Contraceptive choices, as a reflection of agency, inform us about various ways individual women seek particular forms of empowerment, in light of socio-economic, affective, and gender-based constraints. Ultimately, this serves to challenge inflexible conceptualizations of the status of women by calling into question the claim that patriarchy is unequivocally coercive and that women are inescapably disempowered and providing new avenues from where we may begin to rethink female agency and empowerment.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Middle East Studies Center

Degree Name

MA in Middle East Studies

Graduation Date

Winter 2-9-2017

Submission Date


First Advisor

Rieker, Martina

Committee Member 1

Gamblin, Sandrine

Committee Member 2

Sholkamy, Hania


94 leaves

Document Type

Master's Thesis

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