Petra Kuppinger, Monmouth College professor of sociology and anthropology, is the author of a paper published in the Journal of Urban Affairs. Titled “Crushed? Cairo’s Garbage Collectors and Neoliberal Urban Politics,” the paper appears in the December issue of the journal, published by the Urban Affairs Association.
“The paper chronicles the harsh struggles the Cairo garbage collectors communities have faced at times over the decades as successive governments tried to push the garbage collectors out of business and out of the city,” said Kuppinger, who was a graduate student at American University in Cairo.
Kuppinger, joined Monmouth’s faculty in 2000 after earning her Ph.D. earlier that year from the New School for Social Research in New York City.
The articles’s abstract reads, in part: “For decades Cairo’s solid waste management, based on local garbage collectors (zabaleen) was among the most uniquely ecological ones in the world. In recent decades, the zabaleen’s work has increasingly been pushed aside, as aspects of their services were contracted to multinational companies. Kuppinger argues that with their continued presence, activities and savvy understanding of urban dynamics, marginalized groups like the garbage collectors hold on to their livelihood in the face of economic pressures.”