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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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Cairo as Capital of Socialist Revolution?

Cairo as Capital of Socialist Revolution?

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Cairo Cosmopolitan

Omnia El Shakry

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter evokes the two very different spectacles of modernity as illustrations of two contrasting spatial modes of regulation: a social-welfare mode of regulation for the period spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, and a neoliberal mode of regulation for the period after economic liberalization (Infitah), roughly beginning in the late 1970s. The chapter contends that the land-reclamation schemes in Cairo were indicative of spatial practices enmeshed within the reproduction of a particular “mode of regulation.” suggests that the period of the 1930s to the 1960s was characterized by an emphasis upon social welfare, and the projects of horizontal land reclamation were imbued with what it terms a pioneering ethic, geared toward the conquering of spatial boundaries and the expansion of a frontier, in order to form a community of settlers.

Keywords:   Cairo, modes of regulation, social welfare, neoliberalism, economic liberalization, Infitah, land reclamation, pioneering ethic, spatial boundaries, frontier

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