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Understanding Cairo: The Logic of a City Out of Control

David Sims


Trying to make sense of the urban giant that is Cairo, this book moves beyond superficial generalizations about Cairo as a chaotic metropolis in the developing world into an analysis of the ways the city's 18 million inhabitants have, in the face of a largely neglectful government, built and shaped their own city. Using a wealth of recent studies on Greater Cairo and a deep reading of informal urban processes, the city and its recent history are portrayed and mapped: the huge, spontaneous neighborhoods; housing; traffic and transport; city government; and its people and their enterprises. The ... More

Keywords: Cairo, metropolis, developing world, neighborhoods, housing, traffic, transport, city government, deserts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9789774164040
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sims, author