Quotation Helmy, Mohamed M., Frerichs, Sabine. 2018. Sheherazade Says No: Artful Resistance in Contemporary Egyptian Political Cartoon. In: Street Art of Resistance, Hrsg. Awad, Sarah H.; Wagoner, Brady, 349-376. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Sheherazade Says No: Artful Resistance in Contemporary Egyptian Political Cartoon
Title of whole publication Street Art of Resistance
Editor Awad, Sarah H.; Wagoner, Brady
Page from 349
Page to 376
Location Basingstoke
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Year 2018
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319633299
Open Access N


Frerichs, Sabine (Details)
Helmy, Mohamed M. (NTU, Singapore)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5115 European integration (Details)
5402 General sociology (Details)
5415 Economic sociology (Details)
5430 Sociology of law (Details)
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