Facing Authorities: Facebook-Metro Economy and the Response of Egyptian Women to the Economic Crises after 2011 Revolution
by Rehab SAKR
After 2011, Egypt had gone through a severe economic crisis, which touched many categories, especially women in the lower class and in the lower stratum of the middle class. Consequently, many of these women -who became the only responsible for their families- conquered the informal economic sector to be able to make ends meet.
This study argues that being involved in the informal economic sector was not only a solution to the economic crisis, which faced these women, rather, it paved the way for them to redefine and to reconstruct new roles for themselves as citizens (in a state), as wives or mothers (in a family) and as individuals (in a society).
Rehab Sakr is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. She received her PhD in Middle Eastern politics and technological studies from Albert Ludwig Universität Freiburg, Germany in 2013. The PhD thesis title is: “Internet and Islamic Movements in the Middle East: A Study on the Information Technology and Political Islam. Case Studies of Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon. Her research interests are technology and politics, social movements, political economy, and gender studies.