Applied Anthropology in Egypt: Practicing Anthropology within Local and Global Contexts


  • El-Sayed El-Aswad


This chapter discusses the locally and globally oriented domains of applied anthropology in Egypt. It examines the micro and macro factors that have both positive and negative impact on the progress of applied anthropology in Egypt, including extensive bureaucracy, inadequate education, insufficient funding, global violence, terrorism, security, civil society, and NGOs. Despite the challenging conditions of academic and applied research in Egypt, applied anthropology, as locally practiced but globally oriented, has developed new trends concerning the key theme of the local/global and related topics of such as development, environment, poverty, education, migration, violence, tourism, and media. A case study will examine some of these issues.