This study aims to examine the ‘racialized self-production’ of the Egyptian state through the lens of its practices of exclusion against the Sudanese, Ethiopian, and Syrian refugee communities. The study provides an understanding of the Egyptian state’s practices of racialization and its production of a hierarchy of ‘whiteness’. This study argues that the Egyptian racialized self-production and hierarchy of ‘whiteness’ shape the extent and types of practices of exclusion exhibited against the aforementioned refugee communities. This thesis looks at how practices of statehood in Egypt are entrenched in racial hierarchies and ‘structures of whiteness’ and relatedly, the extent to which various practices of exclusion against the Sudanese, Ethiopian and Syrian refugee communities as adopted by the state, reproduce and reveal this racialized self-understanding. Looking broadly at the domains of education, labor market, social integration, legal frameworks of inclusion and media representation, the thesis further argues that race is an important structure and analytical lens through which to explain the practices of exclusion conducted by the Egyptian state against its various refugee communities. From here, the study holds that the racialized proximity of a refugee community to the Egypt’s produced self-identity, shapes the type and intensity of the practices of exclusion experienced by that collective.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science Department
MA in Political Science
Molavi, Shourideh C.
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Mohamed, H. A.
(2020).On the racialized self-production of the Egyptian state: hierarchical structures of refugee exclusion [Master's Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Mohamed, Hend Ahmed. On the racialized self-production of the Egyptian state: hierarchical structures of refugee exclusion. 2020. American University in Cairo, Master's Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
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