Egyptian-American first-born daughters in the diaspora women cope with the pressures of immigration by improvising processes of identity-making and preserving ethnicity. This group is subject to complex systems of gendered, classed, and racialized tensions that become relevant in their attempts to preserve cultural formations in the diaspora. This work seeks to showcase the various tensions present in diasporic existence and explore the methods with which these diasporic daughters participate in processes of cultural and ethnic preservation. Through the ethnographic accounts of six eldest daughters in the New York City and Northern New Jersey areas, this research explores the connections between these interlocutors and the ways in which they are influenced by affective emotion, participate in re- making ethnicity, and bridge diasporic tensions.


School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies

Degree Name

MA in Gender & Women's Studies

Graduation Date

Winter 2-15-2023

Submission Date


First Advisor

Martina Rieker

Committee Member 1

Helen Rizzo

Committee Member 2

Janet Afary


120 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

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