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Engendering Citizenship In Egypt
     

Engendering Citizenship In Egypt

by Selma Botman
 

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This book explores the concept of citizenship in Egypt and identifies the forces that have institutionally controlled women since the turn of the twentieth century. How is citizenship defined in Egypt and by whom? Selma Botman seeks to understand how political culture in Egypt has developed, how women have asserted themselves in public life, and how they have been

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This book explores the concept of citizenship in Egypt and identifies the forces that have institutionally controlled women since the turn of the twentieth century. How is citizenship defined in Egypt and by whom? Selma Botman seeks to understand how political culture in Egypt has developed, how women have asserted themselves in public life, and how they have been limited and sometimes excluded from the political process. Botman demonstrates that women's social inferiority derives from law and custom, but points out that slow industrialization contributes to inequality in the workplace. She considers three areas of interaction in Egypt: the social organization of power, the ideological and institutional means of controlling women sexually, and the sexual division of labor. These topics highlight the complexity and interdependence of men's and women's activities and offer insight into the nature of political organization, the sources of political power, and the implications of hierarchical domination. In this decade-by-decade survey beginning with Egypt's independence from British rule, Botman shows how women's identity was constrained by social and political patriarchal structures. Even during Egypt's period of nation-building, when women won the right to vote, the responsibilities of housekeeping and child-rearing were still the strict province of women. Tracing an entrenched system of male hegemony-in the household and in the state-this study illustrates the changing yet ever restricted role of women in Egyptian society. Up to the present rise of Islamic fundamentalism, where gender inequality continues, Botman looks to the movement for Egyptian democratization as the best hope for gender equality in Egypt.

Editorial Reviews

Arlene MacLeod
As a one-volume overview of gender and the state in Egypt in the last century, and as an introduction to the controversies over gender and democracy, this book should be most useful, especially for students.
Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
The challenge to achieve democracy with full human rights for women as citizens in Egypt and elsewhere, by extension, is the greatest strength of Botman´s work. She argues that democratic transformation must occur at every level of society from the family to the state, which can explain why Egypt´s considerable feminist activism has yielded uneven results.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231112994
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
History and Society of the Modern Middle East Series
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
0.37(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
The challenge to achieve democracy with full human rights for women as citizens in Egypt and elsewhere, by extension, is the greatest strength of Botman's work. She argues that democratic transformation must occur at every level of society from the family to the state, which can explain why Egypt's considerable feminist activism has yielded uneven results.

Meet the Author

Selma Botman is vice president for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts. She is the author of The Rise of Egyptian Communism: 1939-1970 and From Independence to Revolution: Egypt, 1922-1952.

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