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House form and cultural identity : the case of Bedouin housing in southern Jordan

McGill University
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  • Bedouins -- Jordan -- Dwellings.
  • Bedouins -- Jordan -- Housing.
  • Design
  • Political Science


To explore the issue of housing design policies of the Bedouins population, the author conducted an extensive literature review that deals with the complexity of the relation between culture, housing, identity, and user participation. It highlighted the process of sedentarization and its impact on their housing environments. The received literature, was supplemented by a field case study that aimed at showing to what extent the permanence of tradition and change can be perceived in the variety of modifications and extensions carried out by the Bedouins as users of the government built housing, projects. It also, aimed to investigate what kind of transformation the Bedouins introduced to their traditional habits while moving from nomadic life-style to the permanent settlement.

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