Why Occupy a Square?: People, Protests and Movements in the Egyptian Revolution

Hardcover | October 15, 2014

byJeroen Gunning, Ilan Zvi Baron

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On 25 January 2011, tens of thousands of Egyptians came out on the streets to protest against emergency rule and police brutality. Eighteen days later, Mubarak, one of the longest sitting dictators in the region, had gone. How are we to make sense of these events? Was this a revolution, arevolutionary moment? How did the protests come about? How were they able to outmaneuver the police? Was this really a "leaderless revolution," as so many pundits claimed, or were the demonstrations an outgrowth of the protest networks that had developed over the past decade? Why did so many peoplewith no history of activism participate? What role did economic and systemic crises play in creating the conditions for these protests to occur? Was this really a Facebook revolution?Why Occupy a Square? is a dynamic exploration of the shape and timing of these extraordinary events, the players behind them, and the tactics and protest frames they developed. Drawing on social movement theory, it traces the interaction between protest cycles, regime responses and broaderstructural changes over the past decade. Using theories of urban politics, space and power, it reflects on the exceptional state of non-sovereign politics that developed during the occupation of Tahrir Square.

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On 25 January 2011, tens of thousands of Egyptians came out on the streets to protest against emergency rule and police brutality. Eighteen days later, Mubarak, one of the longest sitting dictators in the region, had gone. How are we to make sense of these events? Was this a revolution, arevolutionary moment? How did the protests come ...

Jeroen Gunning is Reader in Middle East Politics at the University of Durham, and author of Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence (OUP/Hurst). Ilan Zvi Baron is Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199394989

ISBN - 13:9780199394982

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"This excellent book goes a long way toward dispelling the dual myths that the 25 January Revolution in Egypt came out of nowhere or was an inevitable consequence of political and socioeconomic frustration. The resulting synthesis is highly readable and will be of immense value those who wantmake sense of the daunting complexities of Egyptian politics over the last two decades." --Ewan Stein, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh