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Rana Nessim is Associate Editor for Arab Awakening at opendemocracy.net where this article was originally published. She completed her MA at King’s College, London, and her research was on sexualized violence in demonstrations in Egypt.
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urbanize - Int. Festival für urbane Erkundungen
Cairo: A history of people’s right to the city
Over the years, neoliberal state policies have significantly contributed to the vast increase and mushrooming of these settlements, by favouring specific elite segments of society and leaving the masses with no choice but to resort to informal dwellings, as they fight for their right to the city. This is a result of the prioritisation of exchange value over use value in urban and housing policies.
As there are various understandings as to what the right to the city actu- ally means, let’s use David Harvey’s definition to clarify the approach I will be taking; »the right to the city is not merely a right of access to what already exists, but a right to change it after our heart’s desire.« (2003, p. 939) In addition, according to Lefebvre, »it can only be formulated as a transformed and renewed right to urban life« (1996, p. 158). […]