Egypt's Culture WarsPolitics and Practice

Egypt's Culture WarsPolitics and Practice

Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2011

ISBN: 9789774163746

Publisher: American University in Cairo Press


This work presents original research on cultural politics and battles in Egypt at the turn of the twenty-first century. It deconstructs the boundaries between “high” and “low” culture, drawing on conceptual tools in cultural studies, translation studies, and gender studies to analyze debates in the fields of literature, cinema, mass media, and the plastic arts. Anchored in the Egyptian historical and social contexts and inspired by the influential work of Pierre Bourdieu, it rigorously places these debates and battles within the larger framework of a set of questions about the relationship between the cultural and political fields in Egypt.