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Table Talk: The Home Economics of Nationhood

Lisa Pollard

in Nurturing the Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520240223
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937536 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240223.003.0006
Table Talk: The Home Economics of Nationhood

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The generation of educated Egyptians—Ottoman-Egyptian and Arabophone—uttered opinions about their culture and politics that rebounded off state-sponsored projects. From 1870s, discussions about family, home, and relationship to politics were not restricted to state-produced literature. The critiques of Egyptian politics reproduced the idea that Egypt's development toward constitutional government could be measured by the behavior of Egyptian elites. After the British occupation of 1882 and the subsequent imprisonment or exile of many prominent publishers and journalists, the native press went dormant for a decade. From the early 1890s, the propensity to discuss nationalism and politics in domestic terms became more common, as elite Egyptians used the press to counter British claims about the state of their homes, families, and their body politic. In 1970, the British permitted the Egyptians to create political parties that would express their national sentiment and to shape their own political platforms.

Keywords: Ottoman-Egyptian; Arabophone; political party; press; elite Egyptians

Chapter.  13641 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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