Youth Movements and the 25 January Revolution

Dina Shehata

in Arab Spring in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165368
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971365 | DOI:
Youth Movements and the 25 January Revolution

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This chapter examines the role of youth movements and youth activists in the making and the unfolding of the January 25 revolution. While recognizing that youth is a disputed unit of analysis and affirming that the revolution was made possible by the coming together of different social and political movements; this chapter nonetheless maintains that youth activists and youth movements played a critical role in creating a revolutionary condition in Egypt. This chapter argues that the 25 January revolution was the tipping point of a series of protest actions which began with the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada and the war on Iraq in 2000 and 2003 and which gained momentum with the creation of the kifaya movement in 2004 and 2005 and which spread to various social sectors with the mobilization of various labor and professional groups starting 2006. I argue that youth activists were an integral part of these cycles of mobilization and that the emergence of a number of youth led movements such youth for change, April 6, and We Are All Khaled Said was instrumental in the emergence of new modes of mobilization and new discourses which helped foment the revolution.

Keywords: Youth; social movements; youth activism; Khaled Said; kifaya movement; April 6 movement

Chapter.  7672 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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