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Les zabbâlîn, un objet surétudié ?

The Zabbaleen's community, an over-studied object?
Edited by Pierre Desvaux and Gaétan du Roy
Couverture EMA #19
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ISBN 9782900956052

Cairene wastepickers, zabbaleen in arabic, captivate researchers and journalists since several decades. Those communities make a livelihood from waste collecting and recycling and from pig farming using organic waste. As such, they situate themselves at the junction of many fondamental questions linked to the Egyptian capital city or to environmental issues as they are perceived as environmental activists in line with the estimated high recycling rates they reach. Their situation underlines the flaws of the State who revealed itself unable neither to grasp with waste management concerns neither to integrate this stigmatised community. This issue of Égypte Monde Arabe gathers considerations from varied perspectives (researchers, journalists, associative actors) related on the one hand to the different aspects of zabbaleen life and activities and on the other to critical thoughts on this situation of over-research.

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