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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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Translating Egypt's Revolution

Samia Mehrez

American University in Cairo Press

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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