Legitimizing child martyrdom? The emergence of a new political subjectivity in revolutionary Egypt

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mediterranean politics
Auteur
DIANA Chiara
Année
2019
ISBN
DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2019.1673423
Edition
Routledge - Taylor & Francis Online
Collection
Mediterranean Politics

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ABSTRACT

The 25 January 2011 revolution in Egypt was the stage upon which both the people and new political subjectivities made their appearance, under the slogan ‘we, the people’. Regardless of social class, gender, or age, the Egyptian people were affected by the revolutionary events as they experienced a revolution of the self. Using the theoretical framework of childhood studies and adapting a macro-structural approach, this paper explores how the process of memorialization of children killed during the protests and clashes of 2011–2012 ascribes them the status of martyrs of the revolution, like adults. In so doing, the paper intends to demonstrate that the recognized child martyrdom proves that children represent a new political subjectivity group which has emerged in the Egyptian revolutionary context.