Narratives on Wheels: Mobility, Language, and Representation on Egyptian Roads

Noha Ezz El-Din Fikry

Abstract


In this brief exploration, I try to look at a form of popular expression which is microbuses bumper stickers and to look more specifically at the statements printed on these stickers as a form of public expression, representation, and possibly resistance on the part of their agential producers--the vehicles' drivers. I provide a preliminary content analysis for some of the statements I gathered, as well as look at the context of production and dissemination of these stickers. Finally, I try to argue for regarding these statements as a conscious mode of self-expression and self-representation for people otherwise thought of as silent, or at least incompetent of representing themselves--consequently must be represented, and controlled.

Keywords


Language; power; mobility; representation; working classes; tuk-tuks; microbuses; self-representation

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