The project deals with economic engagement, commodification of household related activities and processes of social change. The motivation is to examine systems of redistribution and negotiation within households in societies where the dominant gender ide ology places men as providers, and women as maintained.
The project will be conducted in Zanzibar, a Muslim society along the Swahili coast. In Zanzibar recent on-going political and socioeconomic changes dramatically influence women and men's participat ion in economic activities. The project explores to what extent women identify new opportunities in the context of socio-economic change, and how they manage to exploit these opportunities in a socially and culturally accepted way. Furthermore, it analyse s to what extent women influence on-going changes and simultaneously take advantage of these changes.
The project will give empirical and theoretical contributions to the debate on patterns of resource flows within households and beyond and to what exten t political and socio-economic change influence household economies. The project will produce knowledge on economic activity and gender identity, and their interconnectedness, and provide empirical knowledge about processes of change that transform househ old activities into commodities of the market sphere. The project also addresses the theoretical discussion of gender and the position of women in Muslim societies.