Victims and heroines : women, welfare and the Egyptian state
This . . . book is based on the author's fieldwork in seven poor neighborhoods within the Cairo-Alexandria conurbation. Even though a systematic survey was conducted in one of the research sites, the major portion of the empirical material used in the book come from in-depth informal interviews with over four hundred female heads of households. Bibars documents these women's experiences with state welfare bureaucracies and privately funded religious charity organizations. She is careful to include both Islamic and Coptic charities in her study, thus presenting the reader with a wide range of comparative cases. . . . There are three main theoretical threads that run through the study, locating it at the crossroads of multiple debates. First, Bibars addresses the literature on the role of the state in reproducing gender systems. She successfully incorporates into her discussion conceptual
Victims and Heroines: Women, Welfare, and the Egyptian State, "