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dc.contributor.authorRoborgh, Sophieen
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-16T00:31:01Z
dc.date.available2018-11-16T00:31:01Z
dc.date.issued2018-08-01en
dc.identifier.issn1873-5347
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/285140
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the complex position of local physicians at times of political unrest or conflict, conceptualizing local medical voluntarism as a form of collective action. It analyzes the evolving interpretation of medical neutrality among Egyptian physicians who provided medical assistance to injured protesters in the Egyptian uprising (2011-2013). In-depth interviews with 24 medical and non-medical volunteers on their perception of medical neutrality were matched with their mobilization and participation history, showing the extent towards which political considerations influenced their voluntary medical engagement. The results firstly show that revolutionary political considerations played a central role in the physicians’ mobilization into medical networks active in the protests, as well as in their interpretation of their medical and non-medical activities. Secondly, I argue that the interpretation of medical neutrality among Egyptian physicians evolved significantly over time. A special type of medical volunteer took shape, the mīdānī physician. This physician openly expresses his/her political convictions and adheres to (self-defined) humanitarian principles through a conscious reconciliation of the two. The article details the increasing difficulty of this task after the revolutionary movement splintered into competing factions and citizens ended up fighting each other instead of authoritarian rule.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe PhD on which this article draws, was supported by the Derek Brewer PhD Studentship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and supporting scholarships from Studiefonds Ketel 1, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, and Hendrik Muller Vaderlandsch Fonds.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.titleBeyond Medical Humanitarianism - Politics and Humanitarianism in the Figure of the Mīdānī Physicianen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage329
prism.publicationDate2018en
prism.publicationNameSocial Science and Medicineen
prism.startingPage321
prism.volume211en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.32511
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-06-27en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.037en
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-08-01en
dc.identifier.eissn1873-5347
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2018-06-28en
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-06-28


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