The thesis examined how the social of the city of Port Said has been assembled, and how the spaces of the city have been produced through the practices of the dwellers and the state. I focused on the processes of the making and the transformation of the people and the city in specific moments. I focused on al tahgeer (the forced migration that followed the outbreak of the 1967 war and lasted until 1974), the declaration of the free trade zone in the mid-1970s, and the massacre of Port Said stadium in 2012. The city of Port Said was built as part of the Suez Canal project. It is a "pure" case of crafting of a city from scratch; nothing was there before 25th April 1859, the date of the beginning of the Suez Canal construction. It has been always at the juncture between the global, the national and the local levels, where different networks of forces define what is Port Said. While wandering in the city, you can see the multilayers of history, which reflect the shifts in the history of modern Egypt, from the colonial to the national liberation to the neoliberal eras. Through studying Port Said, I examined the process of the mutual formation and transformation of space and the social, focusing also on the temporality of these processes as the third dimension of my analysis.
Sociology, Egyptology & Anthroplology Department
MA in Sociology-Anthropology
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Lotfy, M. M.
(2018).Biographies of Port-Said: Everydayness of state, dwellers, and strangers [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Lotfy, Mostafa Mohielden. Biographies of Port-Said: Everydayness of state, dwellers, and strangers. 2018. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.