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dc.contributor.advisor Rieker, Martina Walby, Joanne 2013-09-02T10:18:51Z 2013-09-02T16:00:04Z 2010 Fall en 2013-09-02
dc.description.abstract “The effort to identify the enemy as singular in form is a reverse-discourse that uncritically mimics the strategy of the oppressor instead of offering a different set of terms” (Judith Butler, 1990: 18) Since the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, the ―trope of the trafficked Russian1 woman‖ has shaped the fears and perceptions of Russian women moving abroad for work. This discourse reifies fears of exploitation and victimhood but overlooks women‘s ability to rationally consider the risks and benefits of international migration for economic and social reasons. In Egypt, some negative stereotypes have been associated with the Russian population living in Hurghada, a tourist town a 395 km south of Cairo along the Red Sea coast that has sprung up in the past 15 years as Egypt developed its tourism industry. Before coming to Hurghada I didn‘t have a sense of the size of the local Russian population but I had read that it was a transit point for women being trafficking into Israel‘s sex industry.2 Instead I found Russian women making use of their relative mobility and economic privilege as ―white‖ tourists and then later as foreign residents in Egypt‘s fastest-growing tourist town. 3 One aim of this paper is to challenge the trope of the Russian trafficked women and explore the desires,challenges and motivations behind this significant wave of immigration that is turning Egypt‘s Red Sea coast into a multi-cultural community and site of spectacular growth in the tourism and real estate markets. en
dc.format.extent 152 p. en
dc.format.medium theses en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Sex tourism en
dc.subject Egypt en
dc.subject Economic conditions en
dc.subject Marriage--Religious aspects--Islam en
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en
dc.subject.lcsh Sex tourism -- Egypt.
dc.subject.lcsh Egypt -- Economic conditions.
dc.subject.lcsh Marriage -- Egypt.
dc.title Extended holiday in Hurghada: Russian women and 'urfi marriage as an 'alternative circuit of survival' en
dc.type Text en
dc.subject.discipline Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East/North Africa en
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Public Policy and Administration en
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval is not necessary for this item, since the research is not concerned with living human beings or bodily tissue samples. en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Rieker, Martina

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