The Effects of Transnational Trade on Urban Settings: The case of the al-Muski Market, Cairo, Egypt

Abstract : This paper examines how a very ancient and popular marketplace, located at the historic heart of Egypt’s capital, has become for over a decade the gateway of globalization from below by offering to customers from low and middle-classes and to traders, manufactured goods made in Asia. First, our paper begins with a theoretical examination of the literature on globalization from below, arguing that a spatial study of globalization remains to be done in order to study how global logics transform urban local contexts. It also justifies the interest in focusing on al-Muski’s case. Second, it explains the methodology adopted. Third, in the analytical section of the paper, we show that globalization from below transforms an ancient marketplace into a hyper specialized center for made-in-China goods, and thus modifies the cityscape with new urban shapes. Lastly, in the final section, we argue that globalization from below is the key factor of the making of the city, which raises the question of the maintenance over time of the neighborhood, because of its great dependence on political and economic context at the national and the international scales.
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Anne Bouhali. The Effects of Transnational Trade on Urban Settings: The case of the al-Muski Market, Cairo, Egypt. 2015. ⟨halshs-01739681⟩

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