"A Trade Like Any Other": Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt

A Trade Like Any Other Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt In Egypt singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations and a host family s prestige rises with the number

  • Title: "A Trade Like Any Other": Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt
  • Author: Karin van Nieuwkerk
  • ISBN: 9780292787230
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Egypt, singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations, and a host family s prestige rises with the number, expense, and fame of the entertainers they hire Paradoxically, however, the entertainers themselves are often viewed as disreputable people and are accorded little prestigIn Egypt, singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations, and a host family s prestige rises with the number, expense, and fame of the entertainers they hire Paradoxically, however, the entertainers themselves are often viewed as disreputable people and are accorded little prestige in Egyptian society.This paradox forms the starting point of Karin van Nieuwkerk s look at the Egyptian entertainment trade She explores the lives of female performers and the reasons why work they regard as a trade like any other is considered disreputable in Egyptian society In particular, she demonstrates that while male entertainers are often viewed as simply making a living, female performers are almost always considered bad, seductive women engaged in dishonorable conduct She traces this perception to the social definition of the female body as always and only sexual and enticing a perception that stigmatizes women entertainers even as it simultaneously offers them a means of livelihood.

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    1 thought on “"A Trade Like Any Other": Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt”

    1. I really enjoyed the accounts of current and former entertainers' lives. And I very much appreciated the author's exploration of perception amongst different social classes, proving that it is a privilege to look down on others and that privilege makes empathy very difficult. However, as much as the author tried to distinguish experience-far and experience-near and various other methodologies, it's simply impossible for her to analyze this culture from the inside. Language differences notwithsta [...]

    2. One of the best books out there on the subject. This book is a must read for everyone interested in Middle Eastern, "Raqs Sharqi","Baladi" or "Belly Dance"!

    3. This book is an excellent, detailed overview on the trade of bellydancing in Egypt. This topic is not as frequently covered as I would hope, but Nieuwkerk makes up for that by bringing together historical, social, and anthropological elements to provide a broad picture of the trade in Egypt. The first two chapters provide historical overviews on female entertainment in Egypt in the 18th and 19th centuries, which for me was the most fascinating part of the book. The following chapters all rely he [...]

    4. Karin Van Nieuwkerk certainly did a thorough job interviewing and exploring the roles a select sampling of women have had in the entertainment industry in Egypt and this book is one I'd recommend to lovers of history, dance historians and dancers in general. Her book is well researched and offers valuable information. However, because this paper was written for academic purposes some may find the writing style to be a little too formal. This sometimes makes the book a little dry and difficult to [...]

    5. Kind of dry, kind of out of date now but fascinating and asks all the right questions. Belly dancers pay attention!

    6. A must read for any serious Middle Eastern dancer. It gives great cultural context for the dancers of Egypt and wonderful first hand stories of the difficult lives dancers lead.

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