<b>Pyramids and Alleys</b>

Petra Kuppinger

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:
Pyramids and Alleys

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The pyramids in Giza have constituted a dramatic point of interest for colonial and postcolonial tourism, Western cultural imaginations, national-development and state-promotion projects, as well as global financial interests. The two stories—the first of the town of Giza and its surrounding villages' integration into a global metropolis, and the second of the Pyramids as an icon of colonialism and then global tourism—structure this chapter's exploration of the Giza cityscape. This chapter introduces two Giza spaces—the Pyramids Plateau, and the small lower-class urban quarter of al-Tayyibin—to illustrate local and global spatial dynamics. Juxtaposing the two spaces, the chapter shows how spatial transformations and everyday practices rooted in disparate local and global historical, political, and social agendas and trajectories differently shaped two spaces. With the reorganization of global capitalism, sites like the Giza pyramids increasingly eluded merely local control and came to cater to global politics and financial interests.

Keywords: pyramids; Giza; colonialism; tourism; Pyramids Plateau; al-Tayyibin; spatial transformations; capitalism; politics; spatial dynamics

Chapter.  12127 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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