Date of Award

Spring 4-18-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

International Studies

First Advisor

Jan Thomas

Second Advisor

Wendy Singer

Abstract

The social sex selection trend in Jordan acts as a case study for analysis of Jordan’s adoption of Western-influenced modes of modernization, values, and institutions. The contradictions that arise between the Western-influenced and the more traditional, Islamic value systems generate a dichotomy between the rhetoric and reality of Jordan’s institutions. Through religious, historical, political and economic, and ethical purviews, social sex selection in Jordan is analyzed in order to gauge the extent and effects of the dichotomy between the “East” and “West” operating within the same sphere.

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