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Egypt's Culture Wars: Politics and Practice

Samia Mehrez


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 bet ... More

Keywords: cultural politics, high culture, low culture, Pierre Bourdieu, translation studies, gender studies, literature, cinema, mass media, plastic arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789774163746
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samia Mehrez, author