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Infertility and patriarchy : the cultural politics of gender and family life in Egypt

Author: Marcia C Inhorn
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The social consequences of infertility place poor urban women in Egypt at the center of a web of tumultuous relationships with spouses, in-laws, and neighbors. Although Egyptian patriarchy is based on the central role played by men in reproduction, women are paradoxically blamed for the failure to conceive, and they often face threats of divorce or polygyny, harassment, and community ostracism.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Inhorn, Marcia Claire, 1957-
Infertility and patriarchy.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1996
(DLC) 95031951
(OCoLC)32924128
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marcia C Inhorn
ISBN: 0585126909 9780585126906
OCLC Number: 44964766
Description: 1 online resource (x, 296 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Infertility and patriarchy --
Missing motherhood --
Conjugal connectivity --
Relatives' responses --
Endangered neighbors --
Child desire --
Glossary of Arabic terms.
Responsibility: Marcia C. Inhorn.

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The social consequences of infertility place poor urban women in Egypt at the center of a web of tumultuous relationships with spouses, in-laws, and neighbors. Although Egyptian patriarchy is based on the central role played by men in reproduction, women are paradoxically blamed for the failure to conceive, and they often face threats of divorce or polygyny, harassment, and community ostracism.

Infertility and Patriarchy explores the lives of infertile women whose personal stories depict their daily struggles to resist disempowerment and stigmatization. Marcia C. Inhorn has produced a unique study of gender politics and family life in contemporary Egypt, concluding that the position of infertile women in Egyptian society is being determined by complex and countervailing pressures. As the influence of the patriarchal extended family wanes in urban areas, marital bonds strengthen. Yet the Islamic valorization of motherhood as women's exclusive role presents a potent threat to childless women.

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