Keeping Him Connected: Labor Migration And The Production Of Locality In Cairo, Egypt

Farha Ghannam, Swarthmore College

Abstract

GLOBAL PROCESSES AND discourses are concretely articulated in a low-income neighborhood in Cairo. Looking at locality as a structure of feeling, a material reality, and an attachment to a particular community, this essay shows how the continuous communication between families and young migrant men (through audio tapes, letters, and phone calls) and the pressure from their families to purchase housing units or remodel existing apartments are powerful techniques that provide moral support for labor migrants, ensure the flow of cash, and reinforce attachment to the neighborhood of origin. [Globalization, locality, labor migration, Middle East, Cairo]