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Volume 34

Cairo Papers in Social Science, Vol. 34/1

"Egyptian Hip-Hop: Expressions from the Underground"

Ellen R. Weis

This ethnographic study of the Egyptian underground hip-hop scene examines the artists who collectively molded the scene and analyzes their practices and explores how these artists have interacted with and responded to political, social upheaval and change. It reveals how rappers approached and reformulated the genre in times of revolution and stasis to reveal how rap acts as a multi-layered form of expression. More specifically, it examines the location of the art form within the broader history of oppositional cultural expression in Egypt, outlining the artists’ oppositions to various hegemonic structures and critically deconstructing them to reveal that they often reflect dominant ideology.

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Cairo Papers in Social Science, Vol. 34/2

"Sports and Society in the Middle East"

Edited by Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sandrine Gamblin

The sociology of sports in the Middle East has been neglected compared to other world regions. This volume aspires to encourage a greater focus on this topic. Here are assembled papers that discuss various aspects of this subject. As it happens all deal with football (soccer) largely in Egypt but including other Middle Eastern countries. Some are historically or politically oriented while others take a more sociological approach. Papers deal with the relation between organized sports and fans, with the special place of youngsters and women in sports, or with the role of sports in a more general understanding of culture and society as indicators of modernization and other facets of social change. Sportive competitions arouse keen passions around such issues as gender, class, and nationality, while they raise questions about leadership on and off the field, and about the economic impact of the games. The topic needs more research.

Contributors: Murat Yildiz, Mahfoud Amara, James Dorsey, Ereny Zarif, Nashaat Hussein, Lamia Bulbul, Monia Lachheb, Dalia Ibraheem

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Cairo Papers in Social Science, Vol. 34/3

"Organizing the Unorganized: Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon"

Farah Kobaissy

The research examines the process of unionizing domestic workers highlighting the potentialities, as well as the obstacles confronting it. It also looks into the multiple power relations that shape their union through axes of class, gender, race and nationality, suggesting that the 'domestic worker' is not a singular category rather it is inflicted with gendered, racial and national divisions. The research also situates this struggle within the larger scene of the labor union ‘movement’ in the country suggesting that under the current neoliberal order, labor unions cannot continue to ignore these 'excessive' laboring bodies that are increasingly informal, migrants and women. The research finally discusses the contribution of women's rights organizations in rendering visible cases of abuse against migrant domestic workers. It argues that the 'death' of class politics made women's rights organizations address migrant domestic workers issues as a separate labor category, further contributing to their production as an 'exception' under neoliberalism.

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