Following the Egyptian revolution of January, the 25th, 2011, the term women's independence, istiqlal ijtma'ay, has been widely used by young Egyptian women. A mustaqilla (independent woman) identifies herself as a woman who is socio-economically independent from her family, lives on her own, and works to support herself. This thesis is concerned with the emergence of independent women, mustaqillat, as a social phenomenon, and questions how the phenomenon of istiqlal is constructed. What are its socio-economic dimensions, and associated meanings? Based on an ethnographic fieldwork with a group of Egyptian women who identify themselves as mustaqillat, this thesis focuses on mustaqillat who moved from their governorates to Cairo, and other cities in Egypt, for the purpose of having a greater mobility.
Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies
MA in Gender & Women's Studies
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Reem Saad, Dina Makram Ebid
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(2020).Mustaqillat: navigating women's mobilities in post-2011 Egypt [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Eldamaty, Ghadeer Ahmed. Mustaqillat: navigating women's mobilities in post-2011 Egypt. 2020. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.