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dc.description.abstract Focusing on the time both before and after the Egyptian revolution, this paper explores the formation of a specific imaginary of Egypt among middle class youth engaged in charitable activities in the youth organization, Resala. Through the case studies of two young female volunteers, I present examples of how participation in Resala’s activities simultaneously exposes volunteers to and engages them in the production of a certain imaginary of Egyptian society, an imaginary of an imperfect society that can be improved through their voluntary effort. The experiences of the two women furthermore reflect important differences and tendencies within the organization as a whole. These differences tell us something about how the imaginary is understood and practiced in slightly different ways, but more importantly, they demonstrate how a shared imaginary has the potential of uniting young people of various backgrounds and experiences. Although Resala was established with the explicit purpose of assisting Egypt’s poor, I argue that Resala is also – and perhaps primarily – a space where a new collective consciousness about Egyptian society was fostered, a consciousness which somehow has prepared these young people for the Egyptian revolution. en_US
dc.format.extent 016 p. en_US
dc.format.medium journals (periodicals) en_US
dc.format.medium papers (document genres) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject volunteerism en_US
dc.subject voluntarism en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject charity en_US
dc.subject Resala en_US
dc.title ‘Resala – a Message About Giving’: Charity, Youth Voluntarism and an Emerging Imaginary of Egypt en_US
dc.type Text en_US American University in Cairo. John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement en_US
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