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By Laila S. Shahd

This research seeks to provide an account of the industrial, political, social, and cultural purposes for polygyny in rural Egypt. It fairly investigates gender family in polygynous marriages -- whether or not they are a trifling mirrored image of social and financial elements within the society and whether or not they are topic to alter as either women and men try and in achieving their own objectives. The examine explores how gender family members impact and are stimulated by way of the commercial (financial) and home dynamics in polygynous families; interpersonal kin in polygynous families with distinctive emphasis at the capacity during which ladies search to achieve prestige and gear in comparison to co-wives and/or in-laws; and the interplay among income-based gender relationships and sexual relationships. those facets are analyzed between varied socioeconomic teams as a way to verify how the extent and resource of source of revenue verify gender relatives in numerous teams.

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The latter thought that it was unfair for them to stay in the house all day and cook, clean the floor, and wash the clothes of the entire extended family while their sistersin-law came from work to find everything ready for them. Safaa added that conflict reached its peak when the wives of uneducated sons refused to do anything for her and her sister-in-law and asked them to share the household responsibilities. Safaa and her sister-inlaw rejected that suggestion on the grounds that their husbands contributed to household income through their own salaries and that this was an adequate compensation for the services offered to them by their sisters-inlaw.

The same system applied to her educated brother-in law who resided in the other apartment. In the above case, the usual pattern of separating the wives each with her own children in a separate house particularly when the sons get married -did not take place because of the common interests of the educated halfsiblings that were different from those of the uneducated half-siblings. Farming of land acted as a common interest that linked half-siblings together. This common interest was much stronger than the fact that they are from different wives of the same husband.

Those factors are economic, cultural, social, and sexual and they will be evaluated for the different socioeconomic classes in the village to know how farmers with different economic and social standards interact with these different factors and accordingly decide whether or not to enter into polygynous unions. Overview Polygyny is directly related to the level of subsistence and income. There are several factors that contribute negatively to this level among lower and middle-class farmers. These include wife's inability to contribute to subsistence and/or to income or the lack of children, particularly sons, to farm the land.

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