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Understanding Cairo: The Logic of a City Out of Control

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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 eighteen 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 book argues that understanding a city such as Cairo is not a daunting task as long as pre-conceived notions are discarded and care is taken to apprehend available information and to assess it with a critical eye. In the case of Cairo, this approach leads to a conclusion that the city can be considered a kind of success story, in spite of everything.

About the Author

David Sims

Table of Contents

List of Maps

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Acknowledgments

Foreword Janet Abu-Lughod

Introduction

1. Imaging Cairo

2. Cairo is Egypt and Egypt is Cairo

3. A History of Modern Cairo: Three Cities in One

4. Informal Cairo Triumphant

5. Housing Real and Speculative

6. The Desert City Today

7. Working in the City

8. City on the Move: A Complementary Informality?

9. Governing Cairo

10. Summing Up: Cairo Serendipity?

Postscript: Revolutionary Cairo One Year On

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9789774165535
Author:
Sims, David
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Sociology | Regional
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
66 b/w photographs, 20 maps
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
5.8 x 9 x 1 in 1.506 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » City Specific
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Travel » Middle East

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