The Biopolitics of Declassing Professional Women in a Settler-Colonial Context
This study aims at unpacking the logic of elimination through the racialized, everyday lived experience of the highest female class in Bedouin society that succeeded in entering the Jewish workplace. Nevertheless, in this case, they face sophisticated erasure tactics, paralleling various manifestations of the direct politics of fear that disciplines the body, will and mind, as well as indirect opposition reflected in the reinforcement of patriarchal power against women in the labour market.
This paper’s purpose is to reveal concealed violent forms of power practiced by the colonialists to declass Palestinian women and preserve colonialist's class superiority in the labor market. It contributes to the field of bodily class stratification/subordination, that is not carried out primarily through economic (Scott, 2002) or symbolic (Anthias, 2001) means, but rather through everyday embodied practices involving violent mechanisms.