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Égypte/Monde arabe is a social sciences journal established by CEDEJ in 1990. The journal’s readers include students, scholars, and others hoping to understand tensions and transformations in the contemporary Middle East, including Egypt. From 1999 to 2003, the journal was co-edited with Complexe Editions. Since 2005, CEDEJ has taken over editing and the journal is printed three times per year by Presses de l’IFAO. The published issues are available in print at CEDEJ in Cairo. Since 2017, latest issues have been sold online at Cairn, while older issues are available at

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19 | 2019
Les zabbâlîn, un objet surétudié ?

The Zabbaleen's community, an over-studied object?
Edited by Pierre Desvaux and Gaétan du Roy

Cairene wastepickers, zabbaleen in arabic, captivate researchers and journalists since several decades. Those communities make a livelihood from waste collecting and recycling and from pig farming using organic waste. As such, they situate themselves at the junction of many fondamental questions linked to the Egyptian capital city or to environmental issues as they are perceived as environmental activists in line with the estimated high recycling rates they reach. Their situation underlines the flaws of the State who revealed itself unable neither to grasp with waste management concerns neither to integrate this stigmatised community. This issue of Égypte Monde Arabe gathers considerations from varied perspectives (researchers, journalists, associative actors) related on the one hand to the different aspects of zabbaleen life and activities and on the other to critical thoughts on this situation of over-research.

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