Cairo as Capital of Socialist Revolution?

Omnia El Shakry

in Cairo Cosmopolitan

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162893
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970269 | DOI:
Cairo as Capital of Socialist Revolution?

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This chapter evokes the two very different spectacles of modernity as illustrations of two contrasting spatial modes of regulation: a social-welfare mode of regulation for the period spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, and a neoliberal mode of regulation for the period after economic liberalization (Infitah), roughly beginning in the late 1970s. The chapter contends that the land-reclamation schemes in Cairo were indicative of spatial practices enmeshed within the reproduction of a particular “mode of regulation.” suggests that the period of the 1930s to the 1960s was characterized by an emphasis upon social welfare, and the projects of horizontal land reclamation were imbued with what it terms a pioneering ethic, geared toward the conquering of spatial boundaries and the expansion of a frontier, in order to form a community of settlers.

Keywords: Cairo; modes of regulation; social welfare; neoliberalism; economic liberalization; Infitah; land reclamation; pioneering ethic; spatial boundaries; frontier

Chapter.  9739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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