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Why Occupy a Square?: People, Protests and Movements in the Egyptian Revolution

Jeroen Gunning and Ilan Zvi Baron


On 25 January 2011, tens of thousands of Egyptians came out on the streets to protest against emergency rule and police brutality. Eighteen days later, Mubarak, one of the longest sitting dictators in the region, had gone. How are we to make sense of these events? Was this a revolution, a revolutionary moment? How did the protests come about? How were they able to outmanoeuvre the police? Was this really a “leaderless revolution”, as so many pundits claimed, or did the protests grow out of the protest networks that had developed over the past decade? Why did so many people with no history of a ... More

Keywords: Egypt, 25 January Revolution, Arab Spring, revolution, protest, social Movement theory, urban politics, space, Tahrir Square, social media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199394982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeroen Gunning, author
University of Durham

Ilan Zvi Baron, author
University of Durham