Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics of Identity in a Global Cairo
University of California Press, 19 set 2002 - 226 pagine
In an effort to restyle Cairo into a global capital that would meet the demands of tourists and investors and to achieve President Anwar Sadat's goal to modernize the housing conditions of the urban poor, the Egyptian government relocated residents from what was deemed valuable real estate in downtown Cairo to public housing on the outskirts of the city. Based on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork among five thousand working-class families in the neighborhood of al-Zawyia al-Hamra, this study explores how these displaced residents have dealt with the stigma of public housing, the loss of their established community networks, and the diversity of the population in the new location.
Until now, few anthropologists have delivered detailed case studies on this recent phenomenon. Ghannam fills this gap in scholarship with an illuminating analysis of urban engineering of populations in Cairo. Drawing on theories of practice, the study traces the various tactics and strategies employed by members of the relocated group to appropriate and transform the state's understanding of "modernity" and hegemonic construction of space. Informed by recent theories of globalization, Ghannam also shows how the growing importance of religious identity is but one of many contradictory ways that global trajectories mold the identities of the relocated residents. Remaking the Modern is a revealing ethnography of a working class community's struggle to appropriate modern facilities and confront the alienation and the dislocation brought on by national policies and the quest to globalize Cairo.
Cosa dicono le persone - Scrivi una recensione
Nessuna recensione trovata nei soliti posti.
1 Relocation and the Creation of a Global City
2 Relocation and the Daily Use of Modern Spaces
3 Old Places New Identities
4 Gender and the Struggle over Public Spaces
5 Religion in a Global Era
Altre edizioni - Visualizza tutto
Abu Hosni activities addition Ahmed al-Ahram al-Zawiya al-Hamra Amal’s Arabic aVairs aVord baladi balcony bathroom bedroom Bourdieu buildings Bulaq Cairo central changes chapter construction conXict Copts coVee daily December 27 deWned discussed diVerent dreams Egypt Egyptian Egyptian Gazette Egyptian pound el-ahali el-masaakin emphasized especially eVects eVorts family members family’s feelings friends gender global government oYcials hajj Hisham housing project housing units husband images interaction Islamic kitchen Kuwait living room Magdy Magdy’s masaakin ment modern mosque mother moved murabba Muslims Muslims and Christians neighborhood neighbors oYces people’s Pierre Bourdieu policies practices public discourse public space relationships religion religious identity relocated group residents role saala Sadat Saudi Arabia secure shape signiWcance social speciWc state’s strategies street struggle tape television tion transform upper-class urban space usually various viewed Wancée Wght wife Wnancial woman women Wrst Xoor young Zawiya