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Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity

Diane Singerman

Abstract

This cross-disciplinary, ethnographic, contextualized, and empirical book explores the meaning and significance of urban space, and maps the spatial inscription of power on the mega-city of Cairo. Suspicious of collective life and averse to power-sharing, Egyptian governance structures weaken but do not stop the public's role in the remaking of their city. What happens to a city where neo-liberalism has scaled back public services and encouraged the privatization of public goods, while the vast majority cannot afford the effects of such policies? Who wins and losses in the “march to the modern ... More

Keywords: urban space, public goods, privatization, power, Cairo, modernity, Cairenes, Egyptian governance, neo-liberalism, public services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9789774162886
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane Singerman, editor
Department of Government at the School of Public Affairs of American University

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Introduction

The Contested City

Diane Singerman

Contested Space, Authority, Security, and Meaning

Cairo's Governance: Ambiguity, Legalities, Informality, and Mobilization

Markets, Marketing, and Globalized Identities

17 African Refugees and Diasporic Struggles in Cairo

Mulki Al-Sharmani and Katarzyna Grabska