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Avenues of Participation:
Family, Politics, and Networks in Urban Quarters of Cairo
Diane Singerman

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction3
Egypt and Popular Political Expression5
The Context and Approach of the Study17
Ch. 1The Family, Politics, and the Familial Ethos41
The Public/Private Dichotomy and Political Participation44
Patrimonialism, the Family, and Participation in a Middle Eastern Context45
The Familial Ethos49
Conclusion: An Ethos beyond the Household71
Ch. 2Reproducing the Family74
Choosing a Mate: "Shababiik, shababiik, id-dunya kullaha shababiik"77
Marriage Protocol, or the Rules of Engagement85
Sexuality and the Transgression of Public Norms92
The Cost of Marriage: An Economic Nightmare109
Raising the Capital to Marry121
Conclusions: Marriage, the Economy, and the State126
Ch. 3Networks: The Political Lifeline of Community132
Earning a Living138
Development: Education Networks160
The Bureaucracy and the State164
Ch. 4Informality: Politics and Economics in Tandem173
Informal and Formal Economic Activity in a Shabi Community179
Family Enterprises199
Informality Meets the State205
The Shab and Informality: Wages and Wealth231
Informality: The Economic and Political Consequences for the Nation238
Ch. 5Politics as Distribution244
Private Voluntary Organizations: A Mediated Distribution Point246
Elite Politics, the State, and the Shab255
Conclusions269
Notes273
Bibliography315
Index331

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