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Georgetown University

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Fall 2023

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Jordan: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East


Jordan is among the most water-scarce countries in the world. Consequently, water is only pumped to households once a week and households store water in tanks to last them until the next water day. Women conducting housework do so under conditions of environmental stress that this research calls resource-scarce domestic labor. In this study, I apply an eco-feminist lens to examine the water-saving practices women employ to manage and conserve domestic water supplies. I explore the larger causes of these behaviors including climate change, government management, and regional politics. Resource-scarce domestic labor is not a practice unique to Jordan and should be explored in contexts across the world. As global climate change continues to worsen, exploring the impacts of environmental factors on women is critical in building climate resilience and designing policies and interventions that mitigate the impact of climate change.


Climate | Environmental Studies | Labor Economics | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Water Resource Management | Women's Studies


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