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Translating Egypt's RevolutionThe Language of Tahrir (A Tahrir Studies Edition)$
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Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165337

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165337.001.0001

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Global Translations and Translating the Global: Discursive Regimes of Revolt

Global Translations and Translating the Global: Discursive Regimes of Revolt

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(p.277) 8 Global Translations and Translating the Global: Discursive Regimes of Revolt
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Translating Egypt's Revolution
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Samia Mehrez

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165337.003.0009

Seeks to understand the discursive politics of translating Egypt's uprising by simultaneously situating its adaptations and appropriations as well as its deliberate mistranslations within a global neoliberal moment. Several interdependent nodes of translation inform this project: the traveling representations of Tahrir actively used in the Global North as a framing device from Wisconsin's labor strikes in February 2011 to the “Occupy” movement worldwide; international official discourse, civil society movements and western media employing “a politics of the intelligible” that “domesticate” translations of the uprising; and the continuing, deliberately constructed misrepresentations of the revolution and the revolutionaries by a counter-revolutionary political regime in Egypt. By focusing on a limited number of sites of translation, the author interrogates the political possibilities and stakes inherent in (mis)translating the Egyptian revolution. The reframing of Egypt's uprising within a globalizing context not only “depends on and requires the localization and containment of citizenship but imposes a dominant “imaginary whose constituents include, but are not limited to: cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, diversity, democracy, pluralism, co-existence - and most intriguing of all, tolerance.”

Keywords:   Global neoliberal agenda, Occupy Movement, Counter-revolutionary regime in Egypt

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