Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this research explores rooftops as gendered spaces where women practice what I propose calling “bread-nurturing,” a gendered labor through which women secure and provide nutritious and delicious food for the family. Much of this food is cultivated on rooftops in a long-standing social practice of raising chickens, ducks, goats, and other animals on the roofs of family dwellings. I argue that rooftops are extensions of kitchens in which women practice their intimate knowledge of household food. Rather than simply pushing for an understanding of rooftops as gendered spaces, however, I regard rooftops as a pivotal resource for understanding values and relations of food and taste in Egypt.
Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Meals: Rooftops as Spaces of Nurturance in Contemporary Egypt
Noha Fikry is a PhD student in anthropology with a specialization in food studies at the University of Toronto. She is interested in human–animal relations, food, and hospitality. Noha’s PhD research explores relations of women farmers to the animals they rear at home and eat or sell in rural Egypt.
Noha Fikry; Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Meals: Rooftops as Spaces of Nurturance in Contemporary Egypt. Gastronomica 1 May 2022; 22 (2): 81–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2022.22.2.81
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