Development, Change and Gender in Cairo

Development, Change and Gender in Cairo : A View from the Household

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"...the quality of each of these essays is excellent, and the book warrants extensive reading by political scientists, sociologists, and all scholars of the contemporary Middle East. -American Journal of Sociology "This book's ethnographic material offers much to surprise and challenge assumptions about gender, Islam and social change in Egypt." -MESA Bulletin "Taken together, these articles leave the reader with an excellent understanding of the realities of contemporary Egypt and a sense of the vitality and energy that permeates Cairo." -Digest of Middle East Studies The essays presented here, based on extensive ethnographic research, focus on the Egyptian household as the key institution for understanding the dynamics of political, economic, and social change. Economic liberalization has had particular, often ambivalent consequences for low-income groups, especially women, and for gender relations.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.2 x 233.9 x 16.5mm | 482.72g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253210496
  • 9780253210494

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The authors of these rich ethnographic essays demonstrate that the Egyptian household plays a crucial, if largely overlooked, role into the dynamics of political, economic, and social change. While Western social scientists have assumed that employment outside the home improves women's autonomy and economic status, economic liberalization in Egypt is shown here to have worsened the economic situation of women and undermined their authority within the household. The collection explains why such everyday issues as unemployment, government subsidies, gender relations, housing, political participation, educational mobility, and the standard of living have become increasingly politicized at he household level, a development that has direct implications in the context of Islamist challenges to the state.show more

About Diane Singerman

DIANE SINGERMAN is Associate Professor in the Department of Government, School of Public Affairs, at the American University. She is the author of Avenues of Participation: Families, Politics, and Networks in Urban Quarters of Cairo. HOMA HOODFAR is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. She has carried out research on the impact of development and social change on the lives of Muslim women in Cairo, Teheran, and Montreal.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Household as Mediator: Political Economy, Development, and Gender in Contemporary Cairo Diane Singerman and Homa Hoodfar 2. Survival Strategies and the Political Economy of Low-Income Households in Cairo Homa Hoodfar 2. Transforming Women's Identity: The Intersection of Household and Workplace in Cairo Arlene Elowe MacLeod 3. Egyptian Male Migration and Urban Families Left Behind: "Feminization of the Egyptian Family" or a Reaffirmation of Traditional Gender Roles? Homa Hoodfar 4. What's the Use? The Household, Low-Income Women, and Literacy K.R. Kamphoefner 5. The State, Urban Households, and Management of Daily Life: Food and Social Order in Cairo Nadia Khouri-Dagher 6. Beyond Paradigms of Development: A Pragmatic Response to Housing Needs in Cairo's Inner City Nawal Mahmoud Hassan 7. The Family and Community as Politics: The Popular Sector in Cairo Diane Singerman Contributors Indexshow more

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