BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Date of Submission



Summer Qassim, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


Gendered spaces govern women’s bodies and become disciplining institutions where multiple agents form a power nexus that control how women carry themselves in their everyday lives. Households are an example of such a space where such dichotomies have manifested themselves into the very structural framework. The purpose of this project is to explain: What are the politics behind the governance of women’s bodies within urban households of Karachi? The research identifies the politics that govern these structural processes delving the concepts of choice and identity of these women. It aims to speculate how women bargain with patriarchy through compliance and resistance. Lastly, it assesses how women become the perpetuators as well as the victims of this power nexus. I have selected Karachi, urbanism and women as my areas of interest and the main research themes for my research are gender roles, governance, sexism, private sphere, agency, and patriarchy.



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