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Women in post-revolutionary Egypt

Can Behaviour Be Controlled?


Mette Toft Nielsen and Hervik Peter

This book addresses how identity, structures, and agency affect women’s everyday lives in post-revolutionary Egypt. The authors analyses the topic both on a macro- as well as on a micro-level. Through interviews and workshops, women around Egypt express their own experiences in dialogue, in groups and in drawings. Based on the analysis of this material the reader gets insights into personal experiences, believes and opinions of a diverse group of women in terms of age, economic class, education, geography, culture, religion, ethnicity, marital status, and political orientation. The detail-rich empirical material presented in the book visualize that the 2011 revolution works as an utter frame on a macro-level, while different issues are more pressing on a micro-level.

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Empowerment, Awareness, and El-Sisi in Office


Didi makes clear that she does not see how Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the favourite candidate of the 2014 presidential elections, could improve the country’s critical economy and make life easier for her and her similar others:

No, how? […] What has he done? I don’t see anything he has done: The electricity will come up 20%; the water will come up 20%; the gas and the solar. The four things of importance in the country will be more expensive, you see, so it is not fair […]313←70 | 71→

Also, Safiyya does not see El-Sisi as a real change-maker in Egyptian politics and she says she has no plans to participate in the 2014 elections:

No […] why should I vote? […] What is there to vote about? I’m not going to waist my time.314

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