Fatiha El-Hajjari completed her BA in Sociology (cum laude) in 2013. In 2015 She completed the Research Master social sciences at the University of Amsterdam (cum laude). Her main fields of research interests are citizenship, social policy and social care, gender and feminism, integration, and the politics of Islam and Muslim identities. In previous projects she studied how mainstream discourses on active citizenship erase the civic activism of Muslim women in the Netherlands. Since 2014 El-Hajjari is involved in the ERC Muslim Marriages program, in which she conducts an ethnographic study about the Islamization and commercialization of wedding ceremonies amongst Dutch-Moroccan young, Muslim women.
Currently she is doing a four year doctoral research at the UvA on self-care practices of youngsters with (presumably) a mild intellectual disability.
Pathways to Self-care. How young adults with mild intellectual disabilities and additional problems take care of themselves.
Currently I am doing a four year doctoral research at the UvA on self-care practices of youngsters with (presumably) a mild intellectual disability. This doctoral research is part of the research project. “Meer op eigen benen in de etnisch diverse stad. Jongvolwassenen met een licht verstandelijke beperking en zware problemen.” (link). The focus in this ethnographic research lies on rendering explicit the lived experiences and meaning-making processes of young adults (18- 25 years) with MID and severe additional problems (such as addiction, psychiatric disorders, crime, debt and prostitution). The broader aim in this research project is understanding the complex life worlds of young adults with MID and additional problems, through the way that they narrate about care and self-care and the way they actually take care of themselves; the self-care practices, strategies and technologies they use- and their underlying reasonings and argumentations in which they are imbedded. Hence, the self-care practices function as a way of access into their life worlds and the complexity of problems. In this research El-Hajjari pays specific attention to how self-care practices are imbedded in religious, cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic identities and repertoires. How are these self-care practices formed and how and when do they conflict with professional care practices? This research will be done in The Hague (The Netherlands) and aims to contribute to improving professional care practices.
As junior lecturer I have supervised tutorials for several courses in the bachelor sociology: