From Cairo to Tottenham: Big Societies, Neoliberal States, Colonial Utopias

Rooney, Caroline R. (2013) From Cairo to Tottenham: Big Societies, Neoliberal States, Colonial Utopias. Journal for Cultural Research, 17 (2). pp. 144-163. ISSN 1479-7585. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2012.756244) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

While the August riots are quite readily understood as an outburst provoked by the negligence of the neoliberal state, there has been a widespread failure amongst Western commentators and politicians to understand the extent to which the Egyptian revolution should also be understood as an uprising against neoliberalism. This essay draws on cultural sources, journalism and socio-economic analyses to make the case that Mubarak’s Egypt could be understood in terms of neoliberal forms of the Big Society, especially, that of the gated community. In demonstrating the reliance of the neoliberal state on security policies based on policing, the essay goes on to analyse the riots in such terms. Even as the Egyptian revolution and the riots shared similar sources of frustration, their quite different manifestations are explained in terms of differing structures of feeling, those of dignity and pride. Finally, a postcolonial framework of analysis is brought to bear on the material considered by the essay to show the persistence of the colonial structures of neoliberal capitalism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research
Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing
Depositing User: Caroline Rooney
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 07:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40558 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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