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Injera in the Kapitalocene: Understanding Women’s Perceptions of Change in Mekelle, Ethiopia Public Deposited

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  • Women’s lives in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Mekele, Ethiopia are very organized, systematic, and sophisticated. The women in this study model, express, and reflect the values of community, trust, care, stability, and futurity through their perceptions and sentiments regarding social and political change. I document how these values are reflected in their social reproduction and protection of injera as a staple of Ethiopian cuisine. The preparation of injera occurs in a sacred and gendered spatio-temporal location that is only accessible to women and children, and hopefully, in some small way, the readers of this thesis. This research serves to examine the micropolitics of everyday life as it occurs between women. Injera Epistemology is an emergent theoretical framework inspired in part by the work of Meredith Abarca, Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, and Shawn Wilson. I use this framework to situate three women’s stories within the grander narrative of women’s empowerment in Ethiopia and beyond.
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