Conventional approaches to democratization in the Middle East take for granted the priority of some civil–-political rights (e.g., voting) over others (e.g., rights of association or protest, socio-economic rights). The discursive structure of these approaches has framed both the promotion of democracy by the EU European Union and regional governments’ counter--conductive re-framing against that effort. But this pas de deux is part of a broader dynamic in which the common ground shared by both these two efforts frames democracy so as to deny and delegitimize both the conception of democracy held by Middle Eastern and North African MENA populations themselves and the political and socio-economic demands of those same populations. Governments, in short, are engaged in “counter--conducting” their own populations. Drawing on critical discourse analysis of key documents, public opinion survey data, and activist interviews, an analysis of the Egyptian case shows that the discursive competition between governments is (also) a dance around democracy which seeks to avoid the more radical, egalitarian demands by populations.

Gervasio, G., Andrea, T. (2021). "No Bread, No Freedom, No Social Justice. How EU–Egyptian Human Rights Discourse Undermines Democracy". In S.H. Armando Salvatore (a cura di), The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East (pp. 1-16). Oxford : Oxford University Press [10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190087470.001.0001].

"No Bread, No Freedom, No Social Justice. How EU–Egyptian Human Rights Discourse Undermines Democracy"

Gervasio Gennaro;
2021-01-01

Abstract

Conventional approaches to democratization in the Middle East take for granted the priority of some civil–-political rights (e.g., voting) over others (e.g., rights of association or protest, socio-economic rights). The discursive structure of these approaches has framed both the promotion of democracy by the EU European Union and regional governments’ counter--conductive re-framing against that effort. But this pas de deux is part of a broader dynamic in which the common ground shared by both these two efforts frames democracy so as to deny and delegitimize both the conception of democracy held by Middle Eastern and North African MENA populations themselves and the political and socio-economic demands of those same populations. Governments, in short, are engaged in “counter--conducting” their own populations. Drawing on critical discourse analysis of key documents, public opinion survey data, and activist interviews, an analysis of the Egyptian case shows that the discursive competition between governments is (also) a dance around democracy which seeks to avoid the more radical, egalitarian demands by populations.
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Gervasio, G., Andrea, T. (2021). "No Bread, No Freedom, No Social Justice. How EU–Egyptian Human Rights Discourse Undermines Democracy". In S.H. Armando Salvatore (a cura di), The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East (pp. 1-16). Oxford : Oxford University Press [10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190087470.001.0001].
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