Defiance and Compliance: Negotiating Gender in Low-Income Cairo

Defiance and Compliance: Negotiating Gender in Low-Income Cairo

by Heba Aziz El-Kholy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571813918

ISBN-13: 9781571813916

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

The gap between rich and poor is widening in most countries, putting more pressure on women in particular who often find themselves with the ultimate responsibility to provide for their families, especially their children, in the face of economic and political discrimination. Based on participant observation and in-depth interviews in four low-income neighborhoods in…  See more details below

Overview

The gap between rich and poor is widening in most countries, putting more pressure on women in particular who often find themselves with the ultimate responsibility to provide for their families, especially their children, in the face of economic and political discrimination. Based on participant observation and in-depth interviews in four low-income neighborhoods in Cairo, this book offers rich, novel and intimate data relating to poor women's lives and everyday forms of resistance to gender inequalities in the labor market and at home. In contrast to the common stereotype of Middle Eastern women as totally oppressed and devoid of agency, this study shows the complex and diverse ways in which low-income women devise strategies to contest existing gender arrangements and improve their situation. It is a significant contribution to current debates about poverty, gender, power, and resistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571813916
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
New Directions in Anthropology Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgement
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction: A Personal Trajectory1
1Rethinking Approaches to Resistance, Power and Gender Relations: Towards a Theoretical Framework12
2The Macrocontext: an Overview of Sociopolitical and Economic Transformations in Egypt31
3The Research Setting and Characteristics of the Study Community46
4Ethnography in One's Native City: Research Approach, Methods, and Fieldwork Encounters62
5Premarital Standards and Expectations84
6Marriage Transactions and Negotiations101
7Defiance and Acquiescence in The Labor Market131
8Conjugal Arrangements and Sexuality167
9Intrahousehold Decisions and Extrahousehold Networks192
Conclusion: Toward an "Organic Feminism"217
Tables230
Map. 1Map of Cairo231
App. 1: Description of Study Population232
App. 2: Guiding Research Questions235
Bibliography237
Index259

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