, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 17–28

Living with Pollution in Egypt


  • Nicholas S. Hopkins
    • The American University in Cairo
  • Sohair R. Mehanna
    • The American University in Cairo

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022935424598

Cite this article as:
Hopkins, N.S. & Mehanna, S.R. The Environmentalist (2003) 23: 17. doi:10.1023/A:1022935424598


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.

pollutionEgyptianscultural constructionsocial actionsustainable development

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