Eminent domain is a problem that effects both the West and the East. This thesis focuses on blighted homes that are confiscated by government and later used for private if not corporate reasons rather than for public use intentions. The comparison is between the United States and Egypt, and three neighborhoods are discussed from each country separately. The comparison is between two quantitative analyses' between the United States and Egypt showing that this type of eradication of property allows for the authority and power of government to be used negatively towards society. The surveys were collected during approximately a two year period of time in the three designated neighborhoods discussed in Egypt, and through a survey of cases pertaining to eminent domain abuse located at the Library of Congress.
The thesis focuses on power relationships between government and society using Michel Foucault, Henri Lefebvre, and various other authors including Setha Low and Charles Rutheiser. Lastly, the purpose of this thesis is to show that eminent domain powers enacted by the government are widely abused in both the United States and Egypt. Property is being taken for private economical purposes instead of public use, and the phenomenon is not simply Western, but Eastern as well. Several persons are left displaced and unable to accommodate without a guarantee of repatriation of lost funds for a given property, job re-allocation issues arise, and the severity of the power of government is further discussed. The thesis focuses on power relationships between government and society. The purpose of this thesis is yo show that eminent domain powers enacted by the government are widely abused in both countries.
A Comparison between the West & the East in state supervised control through the power of eminent domain
Masters of Arts in Sociology-Anthropology
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