‘A woman here is not only a woman but both a woman and a man’: Egyptian Women’s Performative Strategies to Gain Power and Access Resources in Irrigated Agriculture
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This paper is concerned with women’s performance of masculinity or women who ‘behave as men’, in irrigated agriculture, by acting less feminine, confident and serious; resorting to physical aggression when needed; as well as carrying out dangerous tasks. These women own land in Egypt’s New lands. We argue that they do so in order to gain power and control over resources.