Egyptian Revolutions

Conflict, Repetition and Identification

By (author) Amal Treacher Kabesh

Publication date:

16 March 2017

Length of book:

196 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783481873

The socio-political context of Egypt is full of the affectual burdens of history. The revolutions of both 1952 and 2011 proclaimed that the oppressive, colonial past had been overthrown decisively. So why has the oppression perpetrated by previous regimes been repeated? What impact has this had on the lives of ‘ordinary’ citizens?

Egyptian Revolutions looks at the impact of the current events in Egypt on citizens in relation to matters of belonging, identification and repetition. It contests the tendency within postcolonial theory to understand these events as resistance to Western imperialism and the positioning of activists as agents of sustainable change. Instead, it pays close attention to the continuities from the past and the contradictions at work in relation to identification, repetition and conflict. Combining postcolonial theory with a psychosocial studies framework it explores the complexities of inhabiting a society in a state of conflict and offers a careful analysis of current theories of gender, religion and secularism, agency, resistance and compliance, in a society riven with divisions and conflicts.
This powerful book offers a distinctively new perspective on recent socio-political events in Egypt. Egyptian Revolutions draws together postcolonial and feminist theory to provide a unique and important account of the psychic life of politics. It weaves an evocative account of everyday life into a compelling theory of political subjectivities, showing how the seemingly private and personal is also historical and the social. It will be crucial reading for anyone interested in contemporary gender and postcolonial studies, as well as those hoping for a better understanding of the hopes, fears, angers, and loves animating Egyptian political life.