Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo

Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo

A View from the Household
Edited by Diane Singerman and Homa Hoodfar
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/22/1996
ISBN: 978-0-253-11636-9
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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Table of Contents


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