Avenues of Participation

Family, Politics, and Networks in Urban Quarters of Cairo
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics; Princeton University Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 1. September 2020
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  • 358 Seiten
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Intentionally excluded from formal politics in authoritarian states by reigning elites, do the common people have concrete ways of achieving community objectives? Contrary to conventional wisdom, this book demonstrates that they do. Focusing on the political life of the sha'b (or popular classes) in Cairo, Diane Singerman shows how men and women develop creative and effective strategies to accomplish shared goals, despite the dominant forces ranged against them. Starting at the household level in one densely populated neighborhood of Cairo, Singerman examines communal patterns of allocation, distribution, and decision-making. Combining the institutional focus of political science with the sensitivities of anthropology, she uncovers a system of informal networks, supported by an informal economy, that constitutes another layer of collective institutions within Egypt and allows excluded groups to pursue their interests.

Avenues of Participation traces this informal system from its grounding in the family to its influence on the larger polity. Discussing the role of these networks in meeting fundamental needs in the community--such as earning a living, reproducing the family, saving and investing money, and coping with the bureaucracy--Singerman demonstrates the surprising power these "excluded" people wield. While the government has reduced politics to the realm of distribution to protect itself from challenges, she argues that the popular classes in Cairo, as consumers of goods and services, have turned exploiting the government into a fine art.

  • Englisch
  • Princeton
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  • USA
Canongate Books
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  • 15 halftones 25 tables
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  • 15 halftones 25 tables
  • 15,87 MB
978-1-4008-5176-8 (9781400851768)
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Diane Singerman
  • Cover Page
  • Half-title Page
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication Page
  • Contents
  • List of Tables
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note On Transliteration
  • Introduction
  • Egypt and Popular Political Expression
  • The Context and Approach of the Study
  • Chapter 1: The Family, Politics, and the Familial Ethos
  • The Public/Private Dichotomy and Political Participation
  • Patrimonialism, the Family, and Participation in a Middle Eastern Context
  • The Familial Ethos
  • Conclusion: An Ethos beyond the Household
  • Chapter 2: Reproducing the Family
  • Choosing a Mate: "Shababiik, shababiik,'id-dunya kullaha shababiik
  • Marriage Protocol, or the Rules of Engagement
  • Sexuality and the Transgression of Public Norms
  • The Cost of Marriage: An Economic Nightmare
  • Raising the Capital to Marry
  • Conclusions: Marriage, the Economy, and the State
  • Chapter 3: Networks: The Political Lifeline of Community
  • Earning a Living
  • Development: Education Networks
  • The Bureaucracy and the State
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: Informality: Politics and Economics in Tandem
  • Informal and Formal Economic Activity in a Shaebi Community
  • Family Enterprises
  • Informality Meets the State
  • The Shacb and Informality: Wages and Wealth
  • Informality: The Economic and Political Consequences for the Nation
  • Chapter 5: Politics as Distribution
  • Private Voluntary Organizations: A Mediated Distribution Point
  • Elite Politics, the State, and the Shacb
  • Conclusions
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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