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

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

by Jeannie Sowers
ISBN-10:
184467875X
ISBN-13:
2901844678753
Pub. Date:
06/05/2012
Publisher:
Verso Books
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Overview

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

The toppling of Hosni Mubarak marked the beginning of a revolutionary restructuring of Egypt’s political and social order. Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing bring together updated essays from Middle East Report—the premier journal covering the region—that offer unrivaled analysis of the major social and political trends that underpinned these tumultuous events.

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 examine 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901844678753
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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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