Egyptian Made: Women, Work, and the Promise of Liberation

Random. Jan. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780525509219. $30. SOC SCI
Award-winning author/veteran reporter Chang (Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China) contributes an important book that documents how globalization has led to a state of repression for many people, specifically in Egypt, where women are now less likely to enter the workforce than they were a decade ago. Chang accomplishes this by bringing together the individual stories of Egyptian working women with details about labor participation rates. Her findings—based on what she discovered when she found her way onto the factory floor in the textile and garment industry, the epicenter of the Egyptian economy—blend personal aspects with political and theoretical elements so readers can improve their understanding of the industry and the situation for many women.
VERDICT This book has the ability to tear holes into preexisting ideas readers may have about Egyptian women in the workforce. It also invites them to learn how some women shape their own professional identities. As intensely accessible and personable as Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickeled and Dimed.
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