Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt / Edition 1

Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt / Edition 1

by Karin Van Nieuwkerk, Kathy Van Nieuwkerk, Karin Van Nieuwkerk
     
 

In Egypt, singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions. Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations, and a host family's prestige rises with the number, expense, and fame of the entertainers they hire. Paradoxically, however, the entertainers themselves are often viewed as disreputable people and are accorded little

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Overview

In Egypt, singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions. Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations, and a host family's prestige rises with the number, expense, and fame of the entertainers they hire. Paradoxically, however, the entertainers themselves are often viewed as disreputable people and are accorded little prestige in Egyptian society.

This paradox forms the starting point of Karin van Nieuwkerk's look at the Egyptian entertainment trade. She explores the lives of female performers and the reasons why work they regard as "a trade like any other" is considered disreputable in Egyptian society. In particular, she demonstrates that while male entertainers are often viewed as simply "making a living," female performers are almost always considered bad, seductive women engaged in dishonorable conduct. She traces this perception to the social definition of the female body as always and only sexual and enticing—a perception that stigmatizes women entertainers even as it simultaneously offers them a means of livelihood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292787230
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,017,839
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Transcription
One. Introduction
Two. Female Entertainment in Nineteenth-Century Egypt
Three. Female Entertainment in The Twentieth Century
Four. Life Stories of Female Entertainers
Five. Marginality
Six. Honor and Shame
Seven. Gender
Eight. Female Entertainers: Feminine and Masculine
Nine. Conclusions
Appendix: Methodological Notes
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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