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Revisiting the Egyptian Uprising of 2011: Relational Networks and the Diffusion of Contention on January 25

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Arne Wackenhut
Publicerad i 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, March 16th - 19th, Atlanta, Georgia
Publiceringsår 2016
Publicerad vid Institutionen för globala studier
Språk en
Ämnesord Arab Spring; Egypt; Contentious Politics; Diffusion; Mobilization; Social Movements; Protest
Ämneskategorier Statsvetenskap, Globaliseringsstudier


A little more than five years ago Egyptians took to the streets and eventually ended the reign of Hosni Mubarak after nearly thirty years in office. Drawing on the contentious politics framework, this paper seeks to revisit the mobilization process leading up to this event. Building upon new empirical data, the paper uses process-tracing to sketch out, how shifting political opportunities were recognized and seized by actors within the extra-institutional opposition. While the uprising comprised a broad cross-section of society, only a relatively limited circle of activists took on the role of early risers. Elaborate planning and coordination within and across the boundaries of (secular) movements and groups partly lay the groundwork for the upcoming contentious episodes. While relational networks played an influential role in this particular context, they fail to account for the more spontaneous or contingent development of what would transpire during the eighteen days in Tahrir Square.

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