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Grassroots transnationalism: regional human rights organizing during the Egyptian revolution

Khalbuss, Sarah (2015) Grassroots transnationalism: regional human rights organizing during the Egyptian revolution. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Across the world, human rights organizations have become increasingly transnational, and their scope can often be regional. This thesis explores Arab human rights groups working in local contexts during the Egyptian Revolution. I discuss the background of the revolution and challenges to human rights organizing in Egypt. In the first empirical part, I conduct a content analysis of newspapers regarding two regional groups headquartered in Cairo, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. In the second empirical part, I construct human rights networks of local and regional groups and conduct social network analysis to assess their position in the networks. I argue that even though regional human rights organizations were not organizing protests, they were supporting activism and democratization with information, legal aid, and panels for discussion, and direct dealing with the government. I further find that regional groups are central actors in the Egyptian human rights network, which has grown since before the revolution, with a bigger variety of organizations and connections.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHughes, Melaniehughesm@pitt.eduHUGHESM
Committee MemberSmith, Jackiejgsmith@pitt.eduJGSMITH
Committee MemberCrage, Suzannascrage@pitt.eduSCRAGE
Committee MemberFaulk,
Date: 24 April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 9 April 2015
Approval Date: 24 April 2015
Submission Date: 23 April 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 108
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Egyptian Revolution; Arab Spring; Human Rights; International Organizations; Civil Society; Global Civil Society; Globalization; Rights; Sociology; Social Network Analysis
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 19:07
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:27


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