Men in Time : On Masculine Productivity, Corruption, and Youth Football in the Aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

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Rommel , C A T 2018 , ' Men in Time : On Masculine Productivity, Corruption, and Youth Football in the Aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution ' , Men and Masculinities , vol. 21 , no. 3 , pp. 341-362 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1097184X17748173

Title: Men in Time : On Masculine Productivity, Corruption, and Youth Football in the Aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution
Author: Rommel, Carl Anders Truls
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2018-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Men and Masculinities
ISSN: 1097-184X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1097184X17748173
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/237097
Abstract: This article explores men at a state-owned youth center in Cairo, struggling to cope with uncertainties and change in the aftermath of Egypt's January 2011 Revolution. Conceptually, the article critically engages anthropologist Laura Bear's suggestion that an ethics of productivity saturate neoliberal masculinity. As my ethnographic stories about football coaches and state bureaucrats illustrate, being a good man recurrently surfaced as a problem of how to work productively in and on time: as ambiguities between discordant futures that left material needs, familiar care, and development of football talents difficult to reconcile. Often, my interlocutors linked this conundrum to a wide-ranging opacity, conjured as corruption (fisad). My analysis of this male predicament allows me to spotlight one of the Egyptian revolution's most luring promises: a transparent and meritocratic system, where a man's work would finally be allowed to work on all futures deemed morally and materially significant.
Subject: 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
ethnography
Egypt
temporality
youth
revolution
corruption
value
POLITICS
CULTURE
GENDER
DESIRE
STATE
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