Not Our Land: An Analysis of a Socially Dysfunctional Community in El Fayrouz, Red Sea Region, Egypt

Aziz, Hellen and AbdelHalim, Asmaa Abdelrazzak and Mokhtar, Ahmed and Ellakany, Salma and Ly, Bendith (2019) Not Our Land: An Analysis of a Socially Dysfunctional Community in El Fayrouz, Red Sea Region, Egypt. REAL CORP 2019 – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 521-531. ISSN 2521-3938

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Abstract

Community is an integral part of human social fabric; without a sense of belonging societies can no longer function properly. This paper investigates a low income residential area in El Fayrouz, an area located between the city of Hurghada and El Gouna in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt. The methodological process of urban analysis is focused on understanding the residents of the area, their behaviours, challenges and expectations through studying qualitative and quantitative social and contextual data. The literature review, analysing similar case studies and benchmarks inspired the proposed solution. It is evident that the diversity of cultures of the migrants coming from Upper Egypt in search for economic opportunities has formed social segregation in the area. This is magnified by the infrastructure deficiencies, the urban fabric and the unstable sources of income. “Not Our Land”, a manifestation of the sense of isolation and the disregard for the communal space is visualised through the solid waste in the street. This presents an opportunity for an environmental entrepreneurship model which integrates the community through an economic incentive: a solution that encompasses social, economic, ecological and infrastructural dimensions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Migration, sense of community, urban analysis and recycling
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 12:06
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 12:06
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/511

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