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Cairo CosmopolitanPolitics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East$
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Diane Singerman and Paul Amar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162893

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162893.001.0001

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Egyptianizing the American Dream

Egyptianizing the American Dream

Nasr City's Shopping Malls, Public Order, and the Privatized Military

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(p.193) 5 Egyptianizing the American Dream
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Cairo Cosmopolitan
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Mona Abaza

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162893.003.0006

This chapter explains the sudden expansion of shopping malls in Cairo despite the fact that these enterprises are not as successful as one might think. Recession and the devaluation of the Egyptian pound have been indicators that Egypt is facing an economic downturn. Social scientists specializing in Egypt, like Assef Bayat and Timothy Mitchell, provide a pessimistic view of growing rural and urban poverty and the unbearable urban density which has been exacerbated in the last decade, increasing the deplorable living conditions of the silent majority. Mitchell's analysis of the last decade's economic performance predicts a gloomy future. In today's Cairo, gentrification is taking place as large consumer spaces are created. This is most drastically felt in two areas: the historical quarter of Bulaq facing the upscale residential island of Zamalek, and the newly constructed satellite Nasr City at the fringes of Heliopolis.

Keywords:   Cairo, shopping malls, Egypt, poverty, gentrification, Bulaq, Nasr City, urban density, consumer spaces

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