Cairo's poor dilemmas of survival and solidarity

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The dearth of cooperative and contentious collective action on the part of the Egyptian urban poor by no means implies a lack of grassroots activism. Conditioned by political and cultural constraints, the poor instead resort to an alternative strategy - that of quiet encroachment. Qualitatively different from defensive measures or coping mechanisms, this strategy represents a silent, protracted, pervasive advancement of ordinary people - through open-ended and fleeting struggles without clear leadership, ideology or structured organization - on the propertied and powerful in order to survive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMiddle East Report
Issue number202
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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