Embodying Transition: FGC, Displacement, and Gender-Making for Sudanese in Cairo
In this article I analyze both generalized propriety as a boundary marker of Sudanese identity in Cairo, and gendered attitudes toward morality and female genital cutting (FGC) as a fundamental aspect of that boundary. Sudanese have been profoundly affected by the ongoing political crisis in their home country, by the displacement triggered by political and economic collapse, and by their deteri- orating legal and social status in Egypt. The dramatic changes in the circumstances of Sudanese residence in Cairo have challenged the cultural norm of gender com- plementarity as men ‘stay at home’ for want of work while women seek and find new opportunities for themselves. This unstable situation has led Sudanese to place more emphasis on ‘proper’ ways of behaving and being, an assertion that helps define the ethnic boundaries of the Sudanese community in Cairo. I demonstrate the inconsistencies between discourse and reality through ethnographic data while analyzing how Sudanese have found new ways of asserting their identity and resist- ing the practice of FGC. © 2001 Feminist Review Collective.
dislocation, female circumcision, gender, gender and morality, maternity, Sudanese, Sudanese community
Fábos, Anita, "Embodying Transition: FGC, Displacement, and Gender-Making for Sudanese in Cairo" (2001). International Development, Community, and Environment. 18.