Download PDF by Farha Ghannam: Live and Die Like a Man: Gender Dynamics in Urban Egypt

By Farha Ghannam

looking at the revolution of January 2011, the realm observed Egyptians, women and men, come jointly to struggle for freedom and social justice. those occasions gave renewed urgency to the fraught subject of gender within the heart East. The position of ladies in public lifestyles, the which means of manhood, and the way forward for gender inequalities are hotly debated through non secular figures, executive officers, activists, students, and traditional electorate all through Egypt. Live and Die Like a Man offers a special twist on conventional understandings of gender and gender roles, moving the eye to males and exploring how they're jointly "produced" as gendered matters. It strains how masculinity is consistently maintained and reaffirmed by means of either women and men less than altering socio-economic and political stipulations.
Over a interval of approximately two decades, Farha Ghannam lived and performed learn in al-Zawiya, a low-income local no longer faraway from Tahrir sq. in northern Cairo. Detailing her day-by-day encounters and ongoing interviews, she develops lifestyles tales that show the standard practices and struggles of the local through the years. We meet Hiba and her husband as they have a good time the start in their first son and start to coach him how you can develop into a guy; Samer, a forty-year-old guy looking for an appropriate spouse; Abu Hosni, who struggled with assorted health problems; and different neighborhood women and men who proportion their reactions to the rebellion and the altering scenario in Egypt.
Against this backdrop of person studies, Ghannam develops the idea that of masculine trajectories to account for a number of the paths males can take to embrace social norms. In exhibiting how males paintings to gain a "male ideal," she counters the generic dehumanizing stereotypes of center japanese males all too usually reproduced in media stories, and opens new areas for rethinking patriarchal constructions and their constraining results on either males and women.

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