Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Inequality and Subjective Poverty: Corrupting Ideologies in Egyptian Society Since 1971's Constitution

Regarding my various methodological data gathering strategies that I used in my B.A thesis, my results showed that over fifty percent of Egyptians agreed to give bribes, use power for personal gains, but just fewer than twenty percent agreed to take bribes. The majority of Egyptians believe that a firm would be unlikely to succeed without corruption, and just fewer than ninety percent believe that corruption is high in Egypt, and that the majority of Egyptians have personally experienced corruption. With regards to human rights awareness less than fifty percent actually knew their rights.

Introduction: Poverty and the Gap Today
Who are the Poor in Egypt?
What is Subjective Poverty?
Living conditions of the Poor in Egypt

Background Info: Egypt from 1971 until 21st Century
Poverty Statistics

Factors Affecting the Gap

The Emergency Law Since 1981
Corruption: Ideological History
Egyptian Media and its Role
Lift the Debt: Corruptive Foreign Aid?
IMF and World Bank: Hidden agendas?

21st Century Egypt: What's Been Done Today?

Governmental efforts and National Policies
HIESCS 1995/96 vs. 1999/2000
Anti-Human Rights and Corruption
NGO's efforts

Today: Comparative Poverty and Corruption Study

How is Poverty Measured?

Media Analysis: Since 1971

Cinema: The Depiction of Poverty and Corruption in Egyptian Movies
The Egyptian Media Mafia: National Media Coverage of Poverty and Corruption

Mass Communication and Advertising Theories
The Spiral of Silence
Social Marketing
Public Opinion Formation: Walter Lippman
Mcguire's Information Processing Theory
Schema Theory
Social Learning Theory
Theory of Cognitive Dissonance
Hieder's Balance Theory: The Person, the Other and the Topic
The Knowledge / Technology Gap Theory

Data-Gathering Methodologies

Subjective Poverty, Corruption Perceptions and Human Rights Awareness Questionnaire
Case Studies
Focus Group Discussions
A Mini-Experiment

Some References that will be used:

'Why Doesn't Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?'

'Corruption, Causes, Consequences, and Agenda for Further Research'

'Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms in Developing Countries: Policies,
Evidence and Ways Forward'

'The Epidemics of Corruption: Social Networks'

'Art and Modern Art: Reflection on Being Human'

'A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria'

'The New World Order: An Overview'

'The economics of repeated extortion'


'The Structural Dynamics of Corruption: Artificial Society Approach'

'Pervasive Curroption'

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