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Civil Society Exposed: The Politics of NGOs in Egypt Maha M. Abdelrahman

Civil Society Exposed: The Politics of NGOs in Egypt

Maha M. Abdelrahman

Published March 2nd 2005
ISBN : 9781850435815
Hardcover
240 pages
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This book examines the debate on the relevance of the concept of civil society to social and political change and the role its most well-known agents, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), play in promoting emancipatory projects. The author analyzesMoreThis book examines the debate on the relevance of the concept of civil society to social and political change and the role its most well-known agents, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), play in promoting emancipatory projects. The author analyzes the empirical case of Egyptian civil society in order to ascertain whether the experience of civil society organizations, and of NGOs in particular, validates the contention prevalent in academic and policy circles that civil society is the main engine for social and political transformation. The author concludes that civil society, far from constituting this engine, is a politically contested terrain characterized by authoritarian and repressive tendencies.