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Nicholas Simcik Arese


A Compound in Common: The Case of “Little Duweiqa,” Haram City

[Empty homes in Haram City. Photo Nicholas Simcik Arese]

While the eyes of the world focused on the intermittent occupations of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, in the four years since the Egyptian uprising of 2011, a different kind of social action has persisted at the city’s periphery. On 13 August 2010 and in February 2011, during the eighteen days leading to Hosni Mubarak’s fall, a group of 231 resettled slum dweller families from the impoverished Duweiqa district of Cairo abandoned their allocated twenty three square-meter homes to ...

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Nicholas Simcik Arese


Nicholas Simcik Arese is pursuing his PhD in Geography at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford and is Postgraduate Associate at the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities. Through an ethnography conducted between late-2012 and mid-2014, his research explores youth moralities of property theft, subjectivities of urban-to-suburban migration, and everyday conceptions of rights and social justice with respect to place in Haram City, Egypt. He tweets (mostly to himself) @inplainsite