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Title Infertility and patriarchy : the cultural politics of gender and family life in Egypt / Marcia C. Inhorn.
Imprint Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1996.


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Description 1 online resource (x, 296 pages) : illustrations
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-288) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Fertility, Human -- Social aspects -- Egypt.
Childlessness -- Social aspects -- Egypt.
Patriarchy -- Egypt.
Sex role -- Egypt.
Women -- Egypt -- History.
Genre History.
Contents Infertility and patriarchy -- Missing motherhood -- Conjugal connectivity -- Relatives' responses -- Endangered neighbors -- Child desire -- Glossary of Arabic terms.
Summary 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.
Other Title Print version: Inhorn, Marcia Claire, 1957- Infertility and patriarchy. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1996 0812232356