Civil Society Exposed

The Politics of NGOs in Egypt

Maha Abdelrahman

Is the concept of civil society relevant to social and political change? What is the role of its most well-known agents, non-governmental organisation

English edition
256 pp.
11 tables
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774248849
For sale only in the Middle East

$27.50

Is the concept of civil society relevant to social and political change? What is the role of its most well-known agents, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in promoting emancipatory projects? Maha Abdelrahman analyses the empirical case of Egyptian ‘civil society’ in order to ascertain whether the experience of civil society organisations, and of NGOs in particular, validates the contention prevalent in academic and policy circles that civil society is the main engine for social and political transformation. The author concludes that civil society, far from constituting this engine, is a politically contested terrain characterised by authoritarian and repressive tendencies.

Maha Abdelrahman

Maha Abdelrahman is assistant professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo and the author of Civil Society Exposed: The Politics of NGOs in Egypt (AUC Press, 2004). Iman A. Hamdy is editor of Cairo Papers in Social Science. Malak S. Rouchdy is assistant professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo. Reem Saad is an associate professor in the Social Research Center of the American University in Cairo.
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