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BOOK-CHAPTER 2 Reads 0 Citations Cairo’s contested waste: Wael Fahmi, Keith Sutton Published: 31 August 2018
Organising waste in the city, doi: 10.2307/j.ctt9qgpsv.15
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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Greater Cairo’s Housing Crisis Wael Fahmi, Keith Sutton Published: 17 February 2015
The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration, doi: 10.4324/9780203108581.ch30
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PROCEEDINGS-ARTICLE 14 Reads 0 Citations Living with the Dead: Contested Spaces and the Right to Cairo's Inner-City Cemeteries Wael Fahmi, Keith Sutton Published: 31 October 2014
Proceedings of The 4th World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf-4-f002
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Cairo's spontaneous poor communities signify the growing socio-economic disparity since 1970s open door economic liberalisation policy and 1990s IMF's structural adjustment program. These poverty belts attract rural migrants and urban poor from Cairo's residential core areas as a result of high land prices, shortage of affordable housing and decay of existing housing stock . Typical example of these poverty belts are cemetery areas (Cities of the Dead ) within Cairo's eastern fringes. The aim of the article is to examine the contested spaces within the Cities of the Dead, initially through a reconsideration of the number of occupants and of the relative balance of tomb dwellings and more conventional shanty town buildings. The tombs and mausoleums of the city's ancient and extensive cemeteries have been occupied by squatters, some of whom live in the mausoleums themselves, others in self-built constructions between and around the tombs. The paper raises several questions such as : - Does lack of affordability to provide an alternative residence play a key role in the occupation by people of tombs (hawch) by people in these cemeteries? Is there any possibility of classifying tomb dwellers into social groupings with various job types, income levels, educational status as well as residence patterns? - Does living in tombs generate a new value system, cultural patterns and social behaviour? Can one consider cemeteries as an isolated marginal area within Cairo's society? The current study is organised into three main sections. The first of which focuses on the general background of the Cities of the Dead in central Cairo looking at the socio-demographic and economic conditions characterising various cemetery areas with an emphasis on reasons behind living in cemeteries. Then the uniqueness of these Cairo squatter settlements is challenged through a range of socio-economic data which demonstrate the way their supposedly marginalised occupants are in part integrated into the city's urban economy. A comparative study is made of various household characteristics based on secondary data from official reports and previous academic research. These results will further relate to both small area survey and population census data concerning age structure, marital status, educational levels, jobs, access to the CBD and the inner city, income level, residence, social relationships and formal and informal services . The second part of the study sets out to examine socio-economic problems in the area generally and more specifically relating to the tombs (hawch) cemetery people. The latter can be regarded as an example of squatter settlements together with those people living in the residential 'islands' or in-fillings (gozor) which resemble more conventional spontaneous or informal squatter areas elsewhere in Cairo. Inter- generational perception of future prospects and expectations will be investigated within focus group discussion with people's responses and...
BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Cairo's Contested Waste: The Zabaleen's Local Practices and Privatisation Policies María José Zapata, Michael Hall, Wael Fahmi, Keith Sutton Published: 30 May 2013
Organising waste in the city, doi: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306375.003.0009
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Article 0 Reads 15 Citations Cairo’s Contested Garbage: Sustainable Solid Waste Management and the Zabaleen’s Right to the City Wael Fahmi, Keith Sutton Published: 18 June 2010
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su2061765
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Over the decades, the Zabaleen, the traditional waste (garbage) collectors of Cairo, have created what is arguably one of the world’s most efficient and sustainable resource-recovery and waste-recycling systems. Yet the continuation of this intricate relationship between community, environment and livelihood is jeopardized by the official privatization of municipal solid waste (MSW) services through contracts with technology-intensive multinational corporations which threatens the sustainability of the garbage collectors’ communities by removing access to their chief economic asset, waste or garbage. The situation is exacerbated by an official policy of moving the Zabaleen and their MSW sorting, recovery, trading and recycling activities further out of the city, on the grounds that this will turn their neighbourhoods into cleaner and healthier living environments. The consumption of Cairo’s sites of MSW collection and sorting open new socio-political spaces for conflict between multi-national companies and the Zabaleen’s traditional system. This is further indicated in the way Cairo’s waste materials have been subjected to new claims and conflict, as they are seen as a ‘commodity’ by global capital entrepreneurs and multi-national corporations, and as a source of ‘livelihood’ by the disadvantaged and marginalised Zabaleen population.
Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Reclaiming Cairo's downtown district: Contesting the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European Quarter Wael Fahmi, Keith Sutton Published: 01 January 2010
International Development Planning Review, doi: 10.3828/idpr.2010.01
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