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Women in post-revolutionary Egypt

Can Behaviour Be Controlled?

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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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Acknowledgements

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We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to everyone who played a role in making this project possible. It has been overwhelmingly touching to experience such support and helpfulness. Above all, we thank the women for their participation.

We also thank Kenana NGO for sustainable development and women’s empowerment, who helped recruit women in Upper Egypt, Habiba Organic Farm and Eco Lodge helped us get in contact with Bedouin women in Sinai, Charisma Art and the Coptic Catholic Diocese in Minya played a crucial role in introducing us to Christian women in the governorate of Minya, Mubadra Center, who helped us reach women in Alexandria, Center for Arab-West understanding helped us reach out to women in Cairo, and Ismail Gagy, who introduced us to Bedouins in Siwa. Likewise great thanks to our assistants Aiaa and Christine from Cairo as well as Eman, Marwa and Shaimaa from Sohag.

Further, we extend our thanks and appreciation to our great friend and support Sarita Marchesi who has taken the photographs included in this book as well as put us in contact with several helpful connections, one of which is ZAD Communication and Production, who helped us produce a short film of the work behind this book. We are extremely grateful for this support and kindness. We would also like to stress our utmost gratitude and appreciation to the outstanding job of Fine Point Media and Z. Hall, who have helped us strengthen the communicative message through intensive...

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