Global Dreams: Class, Gender, and Public Space in by Anouk de Koning

By Anouk de Koning

In the beginning of the twenty-first century, Cairo's cityscape has obtained a fabulous international contact. Its sumptuous five-star lodges, high-rise workplace constructions, immaculately fresh department stores, and swanky espresso outlets serving café latte and caesar salad, in addition to the budding gated groups within the city's wasteland expanses, exemplify 3 a long time of financial liberalization. within the surrounding social panorama, the slow abrogation of the Nasser-era buildings that supplied many with reasonably cheap items and prone is dearly felt.

This new learn examines Cairo's event of financial liberalization in an period of globalization. It asks what occurred to a postcolonial center type that was the provider of nationwide aspirations and goals. It explores how younger middle-class pros navigate Cairo's more and more divided panorama and discusses the increase of a tender uppermiddle category presence within the paintings, relaxation, and public areas of the city.

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The political and economic reorientation away from Nasser’s state-led development originates in the mid-1970s with Sadat’s infitaah (opendoor) policies that initiated a gradual liberalization of the economy. In the 1990s it significantly sped up as a result of the adoption of a structural adjustment policy package. I first examine this shift away from the Nasser-era state-led development. I then turn to Egypt’s new liberal era, characterized by structural adjustment policies and an emphasis on the private sector and integration into global economic networks.

King has argued with respect to China’s frequent use of the high-rise tower (2004, Chapter One). Talaat Harb Square, Downtown Cairo HOSSAM FADL (2008) 12 Dreams of a Global Cairo An article by Egyptian city planner Khaled El-Khishin exemplifies such ‘global city’ logic. El-Khishin argues that Cairo had better speed up its quest for global city status in order to secure vital resources for its financial health. He sums up the features of Cairo’s infrastructure he considers conducive to such a bid for global city status: “a multi-million dollar National Museum, a Stock Exchange Complex, a new French university, a smart/hi-tech research park .

Exotic touches of a Nubian performance (‘One Soul’) 8. Shots of people using the phone, in this case an old sha‘bi fruit seller 9. After a phone call, the man and woman shown earlier run out to meet at the Imbaba bridge (‘One World’) 10. html (accessed February 19, 2005) The choice for the Imbaba bridge was even further removed from everyday realities. The pedestrian bridge where the eventual meeting takes place actually links two lower class areas on both sides of the Nile: Imbaba and Rod al-Farag.

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