Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity

Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity

by Diane Singerman (Editor)


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This cross-disciplinary, ethnographic, contextualized, and empirical volume—with an updated introduction to take account of the dramatic events of early 2011—explores the meaning and significance of urban space, and maps the spatial inscription of power on the mega-city of Cairo. Suspicious of collective life and averse to power-sharing, Egyptian governance structures weaken but do not stop the public’s role in the remaking of their city. What happens to a city where neo-liberalism has scaled back public services and encouraged the privatization of public goods, while the vast majority cannot afford the effects of such policies? Who wins and loses in the “march to the modern and the global” as the government transforms urban spaces and markets in the name of growth, security, tourism, and modernity? How do Cairenes struggle with an ambiguous and vulnerable legal and bureaucratic environment when legality is a privilege affordable only to the few or the connected? This companion volume to Cairo Cosmopolitan further develops the central insights of the Cairo School of Urban Studies.

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ISBN-13: 9789774162886
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Diane Singerman is associate professor in the Department of Government at the School of Public Affairs of American University. She is co-editor of Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East (AUC Press, 2006).

Table of Contents

Contributors Acknoledgments

Introduction The Contested City--Diane Singerman

Contested Space, Authority, Security and Meaning
1. Making or Shaking the State: Urban Boundaries of State Control and Popular Appropriation in Sayyida Zaynab Model Park--Khaled Adham
2. Cairo as Capital of Islamic Institutions? Al-Azhar Islamic University, the State and the City--Malika Zeghal
3. Policing Mulids and Their Meaning--Samuli Schielke
4. The Siege of Imbaba, Egypt's Internal 'Other,' and the Criminalization of Politics--Diane Singerman
5. From the Hara to the 'Imara: Emerging Urban Metaphors in the Literary Production of Contemporary Cairo--Samia Mehrez

Cairo's Governance: Ambiguity, Leglities, Informality, and Mobilization
6. Cairo's City Government: The Crisis of Local Administration and the Refusal of Urban Citizenship--Sarah Ben Nefissa
7. The Dictatorship of the Straight Line and the Myth of Social Disorder: Revisiting Informality in Cairo--Agnes Deboulet
8. Extract from a Diary: Marginal Notes on the Soft Dialectics of Historic Cairo--Kareen Ibrahim
9. Of Demolitions and Donors: The Problematics of State Intervention in Informal Cairo--W. J. Dorman
10. Banished by the Quake: Urban Cairenes Displaced from the Historic Center to the Desert Periphery--Benedicte Florin
11. Cousins, Neighbors, and Citizens in Imbaba: The Genesis and Self-neutralization of a Rebel Political Territory--Patrick Haenni
12. Economic Liberalization and Union Struggles in Cairo--Agnieszka Paczynska
13. Land Disputes, the Informal City, and Environmental Discourse in Cairo--Jennifer Bell

Markets, Marketing, and Globalized Identities
14. Market Spaces: Merchants Battle the Enocomic Narratives of Development Experts--Joerg Gertel
15. Political Consumerism and the Boycott of American Goods in Egypt--Taline Djerdjerian
16. Amr Khaled and Young Muslim Elites: Islamism and the Consolidation of Mainstream Muslim Piety in Egypt--Hania Sobhy
17. African Refugees and Diasporic Struggles in Cairo--Mulki Al-Sharmani and Katarzyna Graska

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