Middle East Studies
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October  2011
536 pp.
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Cairo Contested

Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity Edited by Diane Singerman

A new paperback edition of the pioneering work of the Cairo School of Urban Studies

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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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).

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“An excellent pioneering endeavor . . . . This is the fresh air of academic freedom! For any student of the Middle East this is, indeed, a very valuable addition.”—Choice

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