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Most taxi drivers, however, are not willing to go to this neighborhoo. About the Book In an effort to restyle Cairo into a global capital that would meet the demands of tourists and investors and to achieve President Anwar Sadat's goal to modernize the housing conditions of the urban poor, the Egyptian government relocated residents from what was deemed valuable real estate in downtown Cairo to public housing on the outskirts of the city.
Her ethnographic sensibility perfectly grasps the dynamic and complex intertwining of male and female ways of being and self-presentation and how that interrelationship forms men's lives. Ghannam does a wonderful job showing the nuances of masculinity, as well as the complexities and contingencies of the masculine trajectory over time.
Well written and accessible, Live and Die Like a Man would be an excellent texts for undergraduate classes, particularly those that aim to dispel stereotypes characterizing Middle Eastern men as macho and violent.
This ethnography makes a welcome addition to a growing body of masculinity studies in the contemporary Middle East. Overall, this is a captivating study of working-class masculinities in Egypt and makes a significant contribution to the anthropology of the region as well as to masculinity and gender studies. Monroe, Review of Middle East Studies. Its careful use of 'stories' to illustrate central theoretical claims makes it highly accessible for students, and its link to the uprising and some of its aftermath offers a way of understanding mass mobilization that is largely absent from most analysis and deeply convincing.
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Ghannam's insights, carefully wrought through the particular, have broad analytic reach and theoretical significance. Equally valuable for scholars and for teachers, Live and Die Like a Man is essential reading. Her thick descriptions, amassed over 20 years of research, will make readers laugh, cry, and gasp at the lives of these individuals. By examining the construct of manhood, Ghannam is charting new territory in Middle Eastern studies.
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Summing Up: Highly recommended. Holding high their baguettes or baladi breads, urban rioters establish a spatial connection between issues of food supply, state policies, urbanization and poverty, in the context of political dissention.
History shows that hunger and food scarcity in cities are threats to order and leadership, with urban populations more prone to uprisings than their rural counterparts. An urban center is a space of trade where food price increases, hoarding, and dearth are experienced first-hand, whereas in the countryside, a space of food production, shortages appear in a less abrupt way. Foucault also links riots and space with power: the fact that commodities prices rise and that food could go missing is the first step in the discrediting of a ruling regime and the questioning of its political authority.
A government must feed its urban population and guarantee that urban centers are provisioned to retain power. A Long-Term Approach to C. Gracchus' Lex Frumentaria," Ancient Society 30 But by taking responsibility for welfare, governments in charge of food provisioning who fail to provide are exposed to popular discontent.
Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics of Identity in a Global Cairo / Edition 1
This is an equation still valid today as food revolts occur in a majority in urban contexts. The human tendency to react against threats of survival in a collective manner is correlated to the popular mass concentrated in cities, and to its poverty level.
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Cities offer networks and connectivity that allow for popular organization and rapid mobilization. Demonstrations, riots, and marches of the past decade saw huge crowds materialized in the streets, pouring into and occupying public space. Urban areas offer a spatial platform for participants to gather in one place, fostering political momentum.
Cities are also spaces of power and the locus of parliaments, state representatives, headquarters of international organizations; buildings that embody political regimes and economic ideologies. In the case of Cairo, Tahrir Square, a large public space at the heart of the city, was essential to the revolution.
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