Sheherazade Says No: Artful Resistance in Contemporary Egyptian Political Cartoon

Mohamed M. Helmy, Sabine Frerichs

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume

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Taking sociological and psychological functions of humor seriously, this chapter explores the cultural psychology of political cartoon in contemporary Egypt. Political cartoon is approached as a form of art and resistance, in which the artists speak for a ‘cherished community’. In a political system that aspires to democratic ideals, but bears features of an authoritarian system, political cartoonists assume the role of activists. By analyzing what they are fighting for (the constitution), whom they are fighting for (the citizen), and how they picture themselves (as inseparable from their subject matter), we arrive at a view of Egyptian cartoonists as socio-psychoanalysts, who link past, present and potential futures, share in the pain of their cherished community, and transform it, if only for a moment, into laughter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStreet Art of Resistance
Editors Awad, Sarah H.; Wagoner, Brady
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages349 - 376
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 506004 European integration
  • 504001 General sociology
  • 504030 Economic sociology
  • 504024 Sociology of law

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