Middle Eastern Women and the Invisible Economy

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"Illuminates the economic behavior of a significant sector of Third World economies. For gender studies, this is a wonderful contribution not only on the resourcefulness of women, but on the ephemeral impact of Islamic culture on women."--Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College

"A fascinating collection giving all sorts of insights into women’s lives in various Middle Eastern communities."--Arlene E. MacLeod, Bates College

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Overview

"Illuminates the economic behavior of a significant sector of Third World economies. For gender studies, this is a wonderful contribution not only on the resourcefulness of women, but on the ephemeral impact of Islamic culture on women."--Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College

"A fascinating collection giving all sorts of insights into women’s lives in various Middle Eastern communities."--Arlene E. MacLeod, Bates College

This collection examines the "invisible" women of the Middle East and their vital economic activities. Focusing on daily and domestic life in communities where more than half the population lives and works, these essays highlight the struggles and hardships of women in the region and also establish the distance between this invisible world and the conflict over Islamic issues that dominate headlines in the West. Indeed, as these essays illustrate, from the perspective of this invisible population, Islam appears variegated and tempered by cultural, historical, and gender circumstances. This work also documents the general emergence of the female-centered informal economy from the shadows toward a central role in the lives of Middle Eastern women in their respective nations.

Part I. Strategies for Survival: Women at the Margins Nubian Women and the Shadow Economy, by Anne M. Jennings Baggara Women as Market Strategists, by Barbara J. Michael Invisible Survivors: Women and Diversity in the Transitional Economy of Yemen, by Delores M. Walters The Invisible Economy, Survival and Empowerment: Five Cases from Atbara, Sudan, by Nada Mustafa M. Ali

Part II. Women and Work: The Invisible Economy of Egypt Urban Egyptian Women in the Informal Health Care Sector, by Marcia C. Inhorn Nest Eggs of Gold and Beans: Baladi Egyptian Women's Invisible Capital, by Evelyn A. Early Women, Work, and the Informal Economy in Rural Egypt, by Barbara K. Larson Women and Home-Based Microenterprises, by Marie Butler

Part III. Methods and Measures: The Invisible Economy of Tunisia
"Invisible" Work, Work "at Home," and the Condition of Women in Tunisia, by Sophie Ferchiou Women in the Invisible Economy in Tunis, by Richard A. Lobban, Jr.
The Invisible Economy at the Edges of the Medina of Tunis, by Isabelle Berry-Chikhaoui

Part IV. Locations and Linkages in the Invisible Economy Marcel, Straddling Visible and Invisible Lebanese Economies, by Suad Joseph Women in Cairo's (In)visible Economy: Linking Local and National Trends, by Homa Hoodfar Engaging Informality: Women, Work, and Politics in Cairo, by Diane Singerman

Richard Lobban is professor of anthropology and African studies at Rhode Island College. His most recent three books are on the history, culture, and politics of the Cape Verde Islands and Guinea-Bissau.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813015774
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Strategies for Survival: Women at the Margins
1 Nubian Women and the Shadow Economy 45
2 Baggara Women as Market Strategists 60
3 Invisible Survivors: Women and Diversity in the Transitional Economy of Yemen 74
4 The Invisible Economy, Survival, and Empowerment: Five Cases from Atbara, Sudan 96
Pt. II Women and Work: The Invisible Economy of Egypt
5 Urban Egyptian Women in the Informal Health Care Sector 113
6 Nest Eggs of Gold and Beans: Baladi Egyptian Women's Invisible Capital 132
7 Women, Work, and the Informal Economy in Rural Egypt 148
8 Women and Home-Based Microenterprises 166
Pt. III Methods and Measures: The Invisible Economy of Tunisia
9 "Invisible" Work, Work at Home: The Condition of Tunisian Women 187
10 Women in the Invisible Economy in Tunis 198
11 The Invisible Economy at the Edges of the Medina of Tunis 215
Pt. IV Locations and Linkages in the Invisible Economy
12 Marcel: Straddling Visible and Invisible Lebanese Economies 233
13 Women in Cairo's Invisible Economy: Linking Local and National Trends 245
14 Engaging Informality: Women, Work, and Politics in Cairo 262
App. 1 Population of Selected Middle Eastern Nations 287
App. 2 Levels of Illiteracy of Selected Middle Eastern Nations 287
App. 3 Vital Statistics of Selected Middle Eastern Nations 288
App. 4 Labor Force Data of Selected Middle Eastern Nations 288
App. 5 Percent of Women in Production and Manufacturing in Selected Middle Eastern Nations 289
App. 6 Percent Distribution, in Major Sectors, of the Female Labor Force in Selected Middle Eastern Nations 289
List of Contributors 290
Index 294
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