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Networks: North Africa
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In North Africa, a person's network consists of a web of social ties with kin, neighbors, friends, and (less commonly for women) co-workers maintained primarily through face to face interactions. Due to Arab-Islamic cultural norms segregating the sexes, men generally socialize with male network members in non-domestic spaces: in cafes, playing board games on street corners, at work, or at public celebrations such as weddings and circumcisions. Likewise, women typically interact with network memb…

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Holmes-Eber, Paula, “Networks: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0122a>
First published online: 2009

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