The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt

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The toppling of Hosni Mubarak marked the beginning of a revolutionary restructuring of Egypt’s political and social order. Jeannie Sowers, an editor of Middle East Report—the premier journal covering the region—brings together updated essays that offer unrivalled analysis of the transformation. Starting with the momentous eighteen days of street protest that compelled Mubarak’s resignation, the volume moves back in time to plumb the state’s strategies of repression and the mounting dissent of workers, democracy ...
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Overview

The toppling of Hosni Mubarak marked the beginning of a revolutionary restructuring of Egypt’s political and social order. Jeannie Sowers, an editor of Middle East Report—the premier journal covering the region—brings together updated essays that offer unrivalled analysis of the transformation. Starting with the momentous eighteen days of street protest that compelled Mubarak’s resignation, the volume moves back in time to plumb the state’s strategies of repression and the mounting dissent of workers, democracy advocates, anti-war activists, and social and environmental campaigners. Leading analysts of Egypt detail the demographic and economic trends that produced wealth for the few and impoverishment for the many. The collection brings clear-headed, first-hand understanding to bear on a moment of intense hope and uncertainty in the Arab world’s most populous nation.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Though the last chapters of the Arab spring in the region’s most populous country clearly remain to be written, efforts to place the momentous events of January and February 2011 in their proper context are well underway. This compilation of brief essays from notable scholars explores the social, political, and economic circumstances that sparked the Egyptian revolution. All touch on the massive income disparities that have arisen over the past several decades—one essay on the evolution of the fish-farming industry quotes a 78-year-old fisherman as saying: “Now he who suffers, suffers a lot, and he who is well-off is extremely well-off.” Encompassing topics as diverse as the 2009 protests of international activists opposed to the siege of Gaza and government efforts to control the sartorial choices of women, each essay offers insight into a particular facet of life in Egypt, with the openness of the media cropping up frequently. In one fascinating chapter, Joshua Stacher and Samer Shehata explain the workings of the “parliamentary kitchen,” the Muslim Brotherhood think-tank that coordinates the group’s legislative strategy. Whatever the future holds for Egypt, Sowers (University of New Hampshire political scientist and editor of Middle East Report) offers a useful compendium for understanding the roads traveled to this point. (July)
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Middle East Report is the best periodical (in English) on the Middle East—bar none.”—Rashid Khalidi

“No person, specializing or not in Middle Eastern affairs, can afford to ignore Middle East Report.”—Eric Rouleau

“A great way to review late Mubarak Egypt and the January 2011 uprising.”—The Arabist

“Whatever the future holds for Egypt, The Journey to Tahrir offers a useful compendium for understanding the roads traveled to this point.”—Publisher's Weekly

“A great special issue of an academic journal.”—Foreign Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844678754
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,438,682
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeannie Sowers is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on the intersection of politics and the environment in the Middle East and Egypt in particular.

Chris Toensing is the executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and editor of Middle East Report.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

1 Egypt in Transformation Jeannie Sowers 1

Part I The January 25 Revolution

2 The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution Mana El-Ghobashy 21

3 The Eighteen Days of Tahrir Ahmad Shokr 41

4 The Poetry of Revolt Elliott Colla 47

5 Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Egyptian Media Ursula Lindsey 53

6 Taking Out the Trash: Youth Clean Up Egypt After Mubarak Jessica Winegar 64

Part II Protest under Authoritarian Rule

7 The "Arab Street" Asef Bayat 73

8 Activist Dissent and Anti-War Protests in Egypt Paul Schemm 85

9 The Working Class and the Popular Movement in Egypt Joel Beinin 92

10 The Wall Mubarak Made Ursula Lindsey 107

Part III Political Participation and Political Institutions Under Mubarak

11 Unsettling the Authorities: Constitutional Reform in Egypt Mona El-Ghobashy 121

12 The Dynamics of Elections Under Mubarak Mona El-Ghobashy 132

13 Controlled Reform in Egypt: Neither Reformist nor Controlled Issandr El Amrani 149

14 The Muslim Brothers in Mubarak's Last Decade Samer Shehata Joshua Stacher 160

15 The Gama's Islamiyya: From Impasses to Opportunity Ewan Stein 178

16 Cross and Crescent in Post-Mubarak Egypt Mariz Tadros 189

Part IV Economic Reform, Demography, and Environment

17 Economic Reform and Privatization in Egypt Karen Pfeifer 203

18 Dreamland: The Neoliberalism of Your Desires Timothy Mitchell 224

19 Demographic Surprises Foreshadow Change in Neoliberal Egypt Eric Denis 235

20 Mining for Fish: Privatization of the "Commons" Along Egypt's Northern Coastline Ray Bush Amal Sabri 242

21 Demietta Mobilizes for Its Environment Sharif Elmusa Jeannie Sowers 250

Part V The Cultural Politics of Youth, Gender, and Marriage

22 Downveiling: Gender and the Contest over Culture in Cairo Linda Herrera 265

23 The Fiction (and Non-Fiction) of Egypt's Marriage Crisis Hanan Kholoussy 272

24 Explaining Egypt's Targeting of Gays Hossam Bahgat 280

25 Imagined Youths Ted Swedenburg 285

Contributors 295

Index 301

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