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Identifying with NationalityEuropeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria$
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Will Hanley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177627

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177627.001.0001

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Vulgar Cosmopolitanism

Vulgar Cosmopolitanism

(p.27) 1 Vulgar Cosmopolitanism
Identifying with Nationality

Will Hanley

Columbia University Press

“Vulgar Cosmopolitanism” is a portrait of Alexandria’s urban society at the turn of the twentieth century. The chapter juxtaposes views of the city along two rival main streets: elite Rue de Rosette and popular Rue des Soeurs. It explores vernacular geographies of the city, and the categories that a largely illiterate population of newcomers developed to describe and navigate a complex social and legal landscape. It proposes the idea of vulgar cosmopolitanism—common, colloquial, unromantic—to describe the way that ordinary people got along in Alexandria.

Keywords:   urban, social, cosmopolitanism, streets, migration, class

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