Major cities worldwide are caught in a whirlwind of change that is turning urban spaces into strategic sites where history is being rewritten. Migration, civil society, and an array of national and transnational players are transforming assumptions about citizenship in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
From the slums of Mumbai to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the new cities are altering the answers to one of mankind’s oldest questions: where do I belong?
Barbara Drieskens is a researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO), Beirut.
Franck Mermier is the director of contemporary studies at IFPO.
Heiko Wimmen is a program manager at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Beirut.
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About the Author
Barbara Drieskens is a researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO), Beirut. Franck Mermier is the Director of Contemporary Studies at IFPO, Beirut. Heiko Wimmen is a programme manager for the regional Middle East office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Beirut.
Table of Contents
Preface: Cities and Globalisation - Challenges for Citizenship Kirsten Maas Hekio Wimmen 7
Introduction: Towards New Cosmopolitisms Barbara Drieskens Franck Mermier 10
The Paradigm of the City Jean-Francois Bayart 23
Cities in Motion
Europe without Borders: Migration Networks, Transnational Territories and Informal Activities Alain Tarrius 47
The Emergence of a Consumer Society in the Middle East Leila Vignal 68
Cairo Cosmopolitan: Citizenship, Urban Space, Publics and Inequality Diane Singerman 82
Governing the City
Decentralisation and Its Paradoxes in Morocco Myriam Catusse Raffaele Cattedra M'hammed Idrissi-Janati 113
Global City, Tribal Citizenship: Dubai's Paradox Marc Lavergne 136
Demonstrations in Beirut Melhem Chaoul 155
Spaces of Exclusion
From Refugee Camps to the Invention of Cities Michel Agier 169
Of Other Global Cities: Frontiers, Zones, Camps Engin F. Isin Kim Rygiel 177
Redefining (Il)legal Boundaries Mariana Cavalcanti 210
Imagining the City
The Politics of Istanbul's Ottoman Heritage in the Era ofGlobalism Ayse Oncu 233
Post-Industrial Transitions Vyjayanthi Rao 265
Beirut: Public Sphere of the Arab World? Franck Mermier 280
Conclusion: 21st Century Cities of the South Jean-Francois Bayart 305