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Youth Civic and Political Engagement in Egypt


This paper investigates the extent to which young people are included or excluded in the social, economic, cultural and political spheres in Egypt. Based on fieldwork conducted among young people between March-December 2015, the paper analyses why some young people choose street contention and mobilization, and why others have chosen to become involved in mainstream politics, economy and society. The fieldwork has shown that urban, young, educated middle- and upper-class young people are most included in the social and cultural spheres. However, a major determinant of this inclusion is for these young people to accept the regime’s authority and not be in the political opposition.

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