, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 17-28

First online:

Living with Pollution in Egypt

  • Nicholas S. HopkinsAffiliated withThe American University in Cairo
  • , Sohair R. MehannaAffiliated withThe American University in Cairo

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Environmental issues are increasingly discussed in Egypt, and there is some progress in dealing with pollution. This paper examines the environmental understandings of Egyptians living in four localities. People are preoccupied with such pollution problems as dirty streets, dirty air and water, and noise, for they aspire to live in a clean, healthy environment. To achieve this, they pressure the government, and take certain individual and collective actions themselves, although direct political action is rare.

pollution Egyptians cultural construction social action sustainable development