This paper analyzes the activities and effects of the two largest Ultras football fan groups in Egypt, White Nights and Ahlawy, illuminating their spatial and gendered dimensions. The Egyptian Ultras are boys and men only groups that emerged in 2007 and became central to the 2011 revolution. These homosocial formations challenge public/private, street/stadium, corporate/commons, rationality/affect, and mind/body binaries. They resist state efforts to partition space and control bodies and voices perceived to threaten order. They enact love and outrage together in a politics whose effects spill beyond the stadium. They offer a competing form of masculinity in a country the government represents as the "factory of men."
Frances Hasso is an associate professor of gender, sexuality and feminist studies at Duke University, and holds secondary appointments in the Sociology Department and the History Department.
Sponsored by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Co-sponsored by the Program in Near Eastern Studies, and The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
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