Equality and Gender at Work in Islam: The Case of the Berber Population of the High Atlas Mountains

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Abstract

This article investigates how religion-based social norms and values shape women’s access to employment in Muslim-majority countries. It develops a religiously sensitive conceptualization of the differential valence of genders based on respect, which serves to (re)produce inequality. Drawing on an ethnographic study of work practice in Berber communities in Morocco, aspects of respect are analyzed through an honor–shame continuum that serves to moralize and mediate gender relations. The findings show that respect and shame function as key inequality-(re)producing mechanisms. The dynamic interrelationship between respect and shame has implications for how we understand the ways in which gender inequality is institutionalized and (re)produced across different levels. Through these processes, gender-differentiated forms of respect become inscribed in organizational structures and practices, engendering persistent inequality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Volume31
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)210-241
Number of pages32
ISSN1052-150X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

Published online: 20. August 2020

Keywords

  • Access to work
  • Gender equality
  • Islam
  • Respect
  • Shame

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