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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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Mette Toft Nielsen holds an MA degree in Culture, Communication and Globalization from Aalborg University, Denmark. She focused on migration of Egyptians in her MA thesis, which gave rise for the project this book is a deliverable of.

Peter Hervik is anthropologist, Professor in Migration studies at the Department of Culture and Global Studies, at Aalborg University, Denmark. Hervik has conducted research among the Yucatec Maya of Mexico and on the representation in the news media of religious and ethnic minorities in Denmark, particularly themes of radical right wing populism, neonationalism, neoracism, ethnicization, Islamophobia and related issues.

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