Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 4 – Issue 16) / studies

Maps of Informality in Egypt as a Style of Living

October 2019

October 2019

An Egyptian researcher specializing in social studies


The study seeks to provide a theoretical structure through which “Informality” can be understood as a mode of living similar to that prevailing in our modern societies. The paper introduces a definition of this phenomenon lifestyle as “the style of directing the social practices of the self and of others”, and examines the validity of this definition through two approaches: using Michel Foucault’s concepts of conduct and the two powers, i.e. the disciplinary power and bio-power in the first; and Pierre Purdue’s concepts of capital, field, and habitus in the second.

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