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Images et pratiques de la ville ancienne du Caire : les sens de la ville

Abstract : This research is organized in two parts, successively composed of the ʺimpressionsʺ and the ʺexpressionsʺ of the city. This partition is not founded on a dichotomy but simply suggests a duality of the lecture of space.

The whole is stated into five parts. We first confront the accounts of the city : panoramas, scenes and landscapes, but also analysis and speculations, in order to evaluate their variations and specificities. Then, we get on other forms of the representation of the city, through the egyptian contemporary litterature, presented by portraits of the old city. Thus, the significations and perceptions of the ancient quarters are analysed, as well as their evolution.

Afterwards, we evoke other realities of the old city, those which constitute its materiality and organization ; while varying the angles of the observation and the criteria of the analysis, we wonder about the coherence of this geographical space. Continuing this approach, we envisage the mechanisms and connections of the phenomenons of centrality. Then we try an interpretation of the values ó inflected and reflected ó of space, in regard of their expressions and appropriations.

Each part is conceived as a stratum of apprehension, an appearance of the city. Through images, facts and actions, we tried to find a combination wich associates several dimensions of the city complexity, an illustration of its polysemy. We tried also to evaluate some of the acceptions of the old city, and to show, that it exists as a ʺsocio-spatial formationʺ, that it is a signifiant spatial entity.
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Anna Madoeuf. Images et pratiques de la ville ancienne du Caire : les sens de la ville. Géographie. Université François Rabelais - Tours, 1997. Français. ⟨tel-00287621⟩



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