By Laila S. Shahd
This research seeks to provide an account of the industrial, political, social, and cultural purposes for polygyny in rural Egypt. It really investigates gender family members in polygynous marriages -- whether or not they are a trifling mirrored image of social and monetary elements within the society and whether or not they are topic to alter as either women and men attempt to in attaining their own ambitions. The learn explores how gender family members impression and are encouraged through the industrial (financial) and home dynamics in polygynous families; interpersonal family in polygynous families with unique emphasis at the ability during which girls search to realize prestige and tool in comparison to co-wives and/or in-laws; and the interplay among income-based gender relationships and sexual relationships. those features are analyzed between assorted socioeconomic teams to be able to ensure how the extent and resource of source of revenue be certain gender family members in several teams.
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Hamad used to work as a messenger in Kafr alShaykh Bus Company, however after winning the elections he resigned from his job. During the period in which Hamad occupied political posts in the village, his economic resources increased and his standard of living improved greatly which upgraded him from the middle to the upper-class. Currently, he owns five feddans and has five buffalos, three cows, and one donkey. Furthermore, he built a new concrete house for himself and his 30 second wife. Hamad's upward economic and social mobility can easily be deduced from the fact that he separated his wives in two different houses which was one of the upper-class residential patterns of polygynous families in the village.
When all her children had grown up and her son got married and lived with them in the same house, she felt safe enough to tell her husband that she could not have sexual relationship with him. Ahmed agreed to take another wife and he asked Kamilia to choose the one she felt comfortable to live with. Polygyny for sexual reasons among upper-class families applied only to one couple which was Saleh and his wife Zeinab. Zeinab stated that her husband took a second wife when she herself was pregnant for the fourth time.
By that, she meant that they all lived together and that her father-in-law controlled household resources and their allocation. Food was cooked for the whole extended family and her fatherin-law was the one to decide the expenditure of every piaster in the household according to his priorities. Problems, however, occurred between the educated sisters-in-law (wives of educated sons), on one side, and the uneducated ones (wives of uneducated sons) on the other. The latter thought that it was unfair for them to stay in the house all day and cook, clean the floor, and wash the clothes of the entire extended family while their sistersin-law came from work to find everything ready for them.
Cairo Papers In Social Science Volume 24, Number 3, Fall 2001 An Investigation Of The Phenomenon Of Polygyny In Rural Egypt by Laila S. Shahd