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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey

Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Dennis


This book aims at describing two major transformations that have been observed in the Middle East during the last thirty years: first, the accelerated changes in public policies toward neighborhoods characterized as irregular or illegal, and second, the claim that this form of housing in urban areas constitutes the ordinary condition. The precise description of interactions and routines sheds light on the way in which ‘bits and pieces’ of cities, or neighborhoods are reproduced and transform. In the context of the daily practices and legal documents negotiated by inhabitants, we observe a cros ... More

Keywords: housing, urban governance, urban land tenure, law, legal practices, ordinary life, popular neighborhoods, irregular settlements, Middle East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789774165405
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Myriam Ababsa, editor
The French Institute

Baudouin Dupret, editor
French National Center for Scientific Research

Eric Dennis, editor
French National Center for Scientific Research

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Part 1: The Production of Forms and Norms from Within

Part 2: Public Policies toward Informal Settlements: From Eviction to Self-help Recognition (or Legitimization) and Back