Marginality and Exclusion in Egypt

Edited by Ray Bush
Habib Ayeb

What does it mean to be marginalized? Is it a passive condition that the disadvantaged simply have to endure? Or is it a manufactured label, re-produc

English edition
256 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774165771
For sale only in Egypt

$29.95

What does it mean to be marginalized? Is it a passive condition that the disadvantaged simply have to endure? Or is it a manufactured label, re-produced and by its nature transitory? In the wake of the new Egyptian revolution, this insightful collection explores issues of power, politics and inequality in Egypt and the Middle East. It argues that the notion of marginality tends to mask the true power relations that perpetuate poverty and exclusion. It is these dynamic processes of political and economic transformation that need explanation. The book provides a revealing analysis of key areas of the Egyptian political economy such as labour, urbanization and the creation of slums, disability, refugees, street children and agrarian livelihoods, reaching the impactful conclusion that marginalization does not mean total exclusion. What is marginalized can be called upon to play a dynamic part in the future—as is the case with the revolution that toppled President Mubarak.

Ray Bush

Ray Bush is Professor of African Studies and Development Politics at the University of Leeds. He has worked on and in Africa for 25 years. He researchs the political economy of economic reform and rural transformation currently in Egypt and Ghana. He is the author of Poverty and Neoliberalism. Persistence and Reproduction in the Global South.(Pluto Books, London,2007) and deputy chair of The Review of African Political Economy. Habib Ayeb is a researcher at the Social Research Center, American University in Cairo, Egypt. His research focuses on agrarian change, water resources, poverty and marginality. He has worked in the Ministry of Agriculture in Tunisia, the University of Paris 8-St Denis, CEDEJ (Centre d'Etudes et de Documentation Juridiques et Sociales), IRD (Institute of Research for Development) and the SRC.

Habib Ayeb

Habib Ayeb is a researcher at the Social Research Center, American University in Cairo, Egypt. His research focuses on agrarian change, water resources, poverty and marginality. He has worked in the Ministry of Agriculture in Tunisia, the University of Paris 8-St Denis, CEDEJ (Centre d'Etudes et de Documentation Juridiques et Sociales), IRD (Institute of Research for Development) and the SRC.

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