Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cairo CosmopolitanPolitics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CAIRO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cairo.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The American University in Cairo Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

Egyptianizing the American Dream

Egyptianizing the American Dream

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

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

Mona Abaza

American University in Cairo Press

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

Cairo Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .