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‘SWORN VIRGINS’ AS ENHANCERS OF ALBANIAN PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY IN CONTRAST TO EMERGING ROLES FOR ALBANIAN WOMEN

Antonia Young orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-9829-5104 ; Research Unit in South East European Studies, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP, UK
Larenda Twigg ; Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP, UK


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Abstract

Northern Albania is known for its patriarchal social system - strict traditional oral laws dictate definitive gender roles. As a ‘sworn virgin’ a woman breaks from societal expectations but also reinforces the traditional culture. The need for the ‘sworn virgin’ may be reduced as changes in society bring acceptance of non-traditional family groups and roles.

Keywords

Albania; Gender; Sworn Virgin; Patriarchy; Women’s Roles; Urban/Rural Division; Kanun

Hrčak ID:

44876

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/44876

Publication date:

15.12.2009.

Article data in other languages: croatian

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