People and Pollution
Cultural Constructions and Social Action in Egypt
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People and Pollution by Nicholas S. Hopkins
Book DescriptionWith a population approaching 65 million (15 million in Cairo alone), environmental pollution is a concern of many people in Egypt and the world in general. People and Pollution is a study of how Egyptians in particular understand environmental problems and what their roles are in the solutions. This original study is based on extensive field research with both academic and policy relevance. The uniqueness of the book comes from its focus: instead of the usual approach of analyzing policy and measurements, this highly readable text seeks to understand how the people themselves, often the objects of policy, understand their environment and their own actions. An interesting finding from the research lies in the focus of Egyptian concerns. Rather than the global perspective (the depletion of the ozone layer, protection of coral reefs and rainforests, and so on) that is common in the West, Egyptians are mainly concerned with matters of immediate environmental degradation, such as gargage, sewage, dirty streets, and noise pollution. In addition, the researchers have found that people are often able to effect changes themselves through coopetation with neighbors, thus bypassing the 'official' channels of redress such as NGOs and local government officials. The difference in focus of concern and courses of action may be extrapolated to many Third World or developing nations, and leads to provocative questions regarding policymaking for public participation in future environmental campaigns. People and Pollution is a pioneering and important work that should be consulted by environmentally concerned readers, students, and policymakers alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774245725
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Nicholas S. Hopkins
Political and Social Protest in Egypt, Paperback (July 2009)
"Cairo Papers in Social Science" first appeared in 1977, the year that witnessed the famous bread riots in Egypt. This issue includes a collection of papers delivered at Cairo Papers 30th Anniversary Symposium that deal with the different protest groups that have been active in Egypt over the decades.
Ghost Riders of Upper Egypt, Paperback (June 2009)
Offers a classic anthropological case study from the 1930s. This book lays out the construction of the world shared by the rural people, with its saints and pilgrims, snake-charmers and wandering holy men, all under the overarching power of God.
Directions of Change in Rural Egypt, Paperback (August 2001)
This volume, based on field-work by distinguished specialists, includes information on the changing economic situation in the countryside, particularly after the "Owners and Tennants" law of 1992. It examines the changes in comsumption patterns and health, and various rural social processes.
Arab Society, Paperback (March 1997)» View all books by Nicholas S. Hopkins
This edition of the text contains 330 new articles, reexamining Arab society in the 1990s. It explores a wide range of topics, including such subjects as: Arab unity and identity; demographic processes; the roles of men, women and family; rural social change; and political developments.
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Author Biography - Nicholas S. Hopkins
Nicholas S. Hopkins is a professor of anthropology and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science at the American University in Cairo. Sohair R. Mehanna is a research associate in the Social Research Center of the American University in Cairo. Salah El-Haggar is a professor of engineering at the American University in Cairo.
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