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Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies #24: Between Marriage and the Market

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Homa Hoodfar's richly detailed ethnography provides a rare glimpse into the daily life of Arab Muslim families. Focusing on the impact of economic liberalization policies from 1983 to 1993, she shows the crucial role of the household in survival strategies among low-income Egyptians. Hoodfar, an Iranian Muslim by birth, presents research that undermines many of the stereotypes associated with traditional Muslim women. Their apparent conservatism, she says, is based on rational calculation of the costs and benefits of working within formal and informal labor markets to secure household power. She posits that increasing adherence to Islam and taking up the veil on the part of women has been partially motivated by women's desire to protect and promote their interests both within and beyond households.

Synopsis:

"There is a great need for material on the Middle East that . . . makes sense of how ordinary men and women weigh their choices, bargain, and decide what is best for themselves and their families. Hoodfar presents fascinating and original material that suggests new boundaries for what research can be considered 'economic.'"—Christine Eickelman, author of Women and Community in Oman

About the Author

Homa Hoodfar is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520208254
Author:
Hoodfar, Homa
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Middle East - Egypt
Subject:
Home economics
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Macroeconomics
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Marriage and family
Subject:
Households
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Sex role -- Egypt -- Cairo Region.
Subject:
Home economics -- Egypt -- Cairo Region.
Subject:
Economics - Macroeconomics
Subject:
Households - Economic aspects - Egypt -
Subject:
Poor -- Egypt -- Cairo Region.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Comparative studies on Muslim societies ;
Series Volume:
24
Publication Date:
19970731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 tables
Pages:
265
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 16 oz

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"There is a great need for material on the Middle East that . . . makes sense of how ordinary men and women weigh their choices, bargain, and decide what is best for themselves and their families. Hoodfar presents fascinating and original material that suggests new boundaries for what research can be considered 'economic.'"—Christine Eickelman, author of Women and Community in Oman
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