Asya El-Meehy is officer of governance and public administration at United Nations-ESCWA. This article is based on fieldwork in the Basatin and Heliopolis neighborhoods of Cairo, as well as the towns of Kafr al-Sheikh and Qina. Funding for research was provided by Arizona State University’s New College, where the author previously served as assistant professor of comparative politics. The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the official positions of ESCWA.
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