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Global Dreams: Space, Class, and Gender in Middle-Class Cairo Anouk de Koning

Global Dreams: Space, Class, and Gender in Middle-Class Cairo

Anouk de Koning

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ISBN : 9789774162497
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240 pages
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At the start of the twenty-first century, Cairos cityscape has acquired a spectacular global touch. Its luxurious five-star hotels, high-rise office buildings, immaculately clean malls, and swanky coffee shops serving cafe latte and caesar salad,MoreAt the start of the twenty-first century, Cairos cityscape has acquired a spectacular global touch. Its luxurious five-star hotels, high-rise office buildings, immaculately clean malls, and swanky coffee shops serving cafe latte and caesar salad, along with the budding gated communities in the citys desert expanses, exemplify three decades of economic liberalization. In the surrounding social landscape, the gradual abrogation of the Nasser-era structures that provided many with low-cost goods and services is dearly felt.This new study examines Cairos experience of economic liberalization in an era of globalization. It asks what happened to a postcolonial middle class that was once the carrier of national aspirations and dreams. It explores how young middle-class professionals navigate Cairos increasingly divided landscape and discusses the rise of a young uppermiddle class presence in the work, leisure, and public spaces of the city.