—In modern society due to means of communication
we expect that local social ties do not play a role in
neighbourhoods. This research examines social ties in relation
with neighbourhood in Egyptian context. The research is based
on evidence, observations and interviews with residents to
understand local communities’ ties, solidarity and integration
in two different residential settlements: Formal that was
planned by government and Informal that was built by
community. By analysing processes, relations and networks in
the two settlements exploration indicates that informal
settlements kept the status of saved community with tight
solidary ties moreover community use technology like internet
to save local networks more than liberate them. On the other
hand formal settlements residents social network are more
liberated than kept on the local level. In both settlements built
environment is impacting directly and indirectly local ties but
on another level the formation process of informal settlement is
also reason of strong network.
—Local communities, formal and informal
settlements, community networks and ties, built environment.
Sarah Eldefrawi is with the Housing and Building National Research
Center (HBRC), Egypt (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Sarah Eldefrawi, " Community and Neighbourhood in Egyptian Context,
Case Formal and Informal Settlements - Cairo," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 281-286, 2015.