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Deploying the domestic in representations of Egyptian politics

Salem, Sara (2019) Deploying the domestic in representations of Egyptian politics. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. ISSN 1552-5864 (In Press)

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This article explores the television adaptation of Sonallah Ibrahim’s novel Zaat, arguing that Zaat provides us with an interesting representation of the various ways in which national projects in Egypt are gendered that adds to feminist debates around nationalism, capitalism and gender. In particular, the focus on the intimate in Zaat reveals the ways in which political projects are represented in the domestic sphere through the lens of women’s work. I explore two themes: the increasing financial pressure and the effects this has on constructions of masculinity and femininity; and the steady decay of infrastructure and social services and the ways in which this renders middle-class life an impossibility. I argue that by focusing on the intimate, Ibrahim’s novel and the TV adaptation both reveal the various forms of work women perform as well as makes use of women’s work to critique or celebrate different national projects.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 12:39
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2020 00:14

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