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Cairo Collages: Everyday Life Practices after the Event

Mona Abaza


In Cairo collages, the large-scale political, economic, and social changes in Egypt brought on by the 2011 revolution are set against the declining fortunes of a single apartment building in a specific Cairo neighbourhood. The violence in Tahrir Square and Mohamed Mahmud Street; the post-January euphoric moment; the increasing militarisation of urban life; the flourishing of dystopian novels set in Cairo; the neo-liberal imaginaries of Dubai and Singapore as global models; gentrification and evictions in poor neighbourhoods; the forthcoming new administrative capital for Egypt – all are narrat ... More

Keywords: militarisation of urban life, modern building as topos, nostalgia, gentrification/gated communities, urban dystopia, everyday interaction in sociological theory, neo-liberalism, the building as topos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526145116
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526145123


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mona Abaza, author
The American University in Cairo