Changing women's roles, changing environmental knowledges: Evidence from Upper Egypt

John Briggs, Joanne Sharp, Nabila Hamed, Hoda Yacoub

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The aim of this paper is to investigate the ways in which changing gender roles in a Bedouin community in Upper Egypt, brought about by settlement over the last 20 years on the shores of Lake Nasser, have impacted on the accumulation and development of indigenous environmental knowledges by Bedouin women. The research was carried out among four groups of Ababda Bedouin in the Eastern Desert of Egypt and involved knowledges which, in some cases, are now different from those held by men because of the different economic circumstances in which many find themselves; that these know- ledges are fluid, dynamic and ever-changing with their own internal dynamism; and that in-depth monthly conversations carried out over a period of 12 months. The main conclusions of the study are that the women of the study area have had to develop new socially constructed notions of gender are vital in the development process, notions that are sensitive to both men's and women's interests and their interrelationships.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)313-325
Number of pages13
JournalGeographical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Bedouin,Desert,Egypt,Gender roles,Group interviews,Indigenous knowledges

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