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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 Regional/Global Economic Capital?

Cairo as Regional/Global Economic Capital?

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Cairo Cosmopolitan

Leïla Vignal

Eric Denis

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses the radical transformation of economic and social metropolitan topographies in Cairo that have recently led to the inversion of polarities and values. Most importantly, the city center has lost its prestige as the spatial economy, housing, and the demographic mass expands into the desert periphery and incorporates a métissage of pericentral zones into its confines. These three factors—the bifurcation of the urban development cycle and of urban settlement forms, the development of new infra-urban topographies, and the reinforcement of Cairo's dominance of the nation, capture the landscape of the new metropolitanization in Egypt. The chapter analyzes this process of contradictory capital-city transformation, tracing its roots in urban-production logics that have integrated Egypt into global and regional processes of economic neoliberalization, restructuring, and globalization accelerating since the early 1990s.

Keywords:   metropolitan topographies, Cairo, bifurcation, urban development, infra-urban topographies, metropolitanization, Egypt, neoliberalization, globalization, urban settlement

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