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Generations

Generations FRANCES S . H ASSO arl Mannheim published an essay in 1923, “The Problem of Generations,” that K would become famous for its theorization of social transformation (Mannheim 1954). He argued for the formative and sustained influence of participation in historically important moments on the consciousness of cohorts experiencing them. Rather than approach age as a biological stage, he regarded it socially as it interacted with experiences in a historical moment. He recognized nevertheless that younger people are more open to participating in and being reshaped by intense historical events. Few scholars have applied this theory to social transformation and activism outside Western contexts. In 2001 I published “Feminist Generations? The Long- Term Impact of Social Movement Involvement on PalestinianWomen’s Lives,” which considered the generative impact offeminist political socialization and mobilization on the consciousness and choices of Palestinian women (Hasso 2001).This thematic issue of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies was inspired by generations in these senses and more. It examines biological, political, and social reproduction and change at multiple scales. “Pieces of Us,” the lead article by sisters Munira, Yasmine, and Rola Khayyat, focuses on a Saudi family’s formation on the Aramco campus in Dhahran from the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

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Copyright © 2018 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-7025371
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Abstract

FRANCES S . H ASSO arl Mannheim published an essay in 1923, “The Problem of Generations,” that K would become famous for its theorization of social transformation (Mannheim 1954). He argued for the formative and sustained influence of participation in historically important moments on the consciousness of cohorts experiencing them. Rather than approach age as a biological stage, he regarded it socially as it interacted with experiences in a historical moment. He recognized nevertheless that younger people are more open to participating in and being reshaped by intense historical events. Few scholars have applied this theory to social transformation and activism outside Western contexts. In 2001 I published “Feminist Generations? The Long- Term Impact of Social Movement Involvement on PalestinianWomen’s Lives,” which considered the generative impact offeminist political socialization and mobilization on the consciousness and choices of Palestinian women (Hasso 2001).This thematic issue of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies was inspired by generations in these senses and more. It examines biological, political, and social reproduction and change at multiple scales. “Pieces of Us,” the lead article by sisters Munira, Yasmine, and Rola Khayyat, focuses on a Saudi family’s formation on the Aramco campus in Dhahran from the

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2018

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