Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
People and PollutionCultural Constructions and Social Action in Egypt$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CAIRO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cairo.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The American University in Cairo Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use.date: 27 June 2022

Environmental Change and Social Response in Egypt

Environmental Change and Social Response in Egypt

(p.1) 1 Environmental Change and Social Response in Egypt
People and Pollution

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

Salah El-Haggar

American University in Cairo Press

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

Cairo Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .