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People and PollutionCultural Constructions and Social Action in Egypt$
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Nicholas S. Hopkins, Sohair R. Mehanna, and Salah el-Haggar

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245725

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245725.001.0001

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Environmental Change and Social Response in Egypt

Environmental Change and Social Response in Egypt

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Environmental Change and Social Response in Egypt
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People and Pollution
Author(s):

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

Salah El-Haggar

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774245725.003.0001

This chapter shows the kind of thinking about environment and pollution issues that is found among nonelite, nonexpert, ordinary Egyptians. The focus in this study is on the so-called brown agenda—the problems of pollution, poverty, and environmental hazards in cities extended to include similar problems in rural Egypt. The Egyptian government's determination to clean up the environment is steadily increasing, and there is a correspondingly higher level of awareness on the part of people. This chapter considers various theoretical approaches to understanding the relation between a people and the environment in which they live. The different points discussed in this chapter (construction of a problem, common property, risk and action, and environmental justice) can be illustrated by the black cloud episode in Cairo in October 1999, which was a severe episode of air pollution that caused concern on the part of many citizens.

Keywords:   brown agenda, pollution, poverty, environmental hazards, black cloud episode

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