The dearth of cooperative and contentious collective action on the part of the Egyptian urban poor by no means implies a lack of grassroots activism. Conditioned by political and cultural constraints, the poor instead resort to an alternative strategy - that of quiet encroachment. Qualitatively different from defensive measures or coping mechanisms, this strategy represents a silent, protracted, pervasive advancement of ordinary people - through open-ended and fleeting struggles without clear leadership, ideology or structured organization - on the propertied and powerful in order to survive.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Middle East Report|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Political Science and International Relations