Connected in Cairo: Growing up Cosmopolitan in the Modern Middle East (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa)

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UPC:
9780253223111
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Binding:
Paperback
Publication Date:
2011-05-06
Release Date:
2011-05-06
Author:
Mark Allen Peterson
Language:
english
Edition:
Edition Unstated

Product Overview

For members of Cairos upper classes, cosmopolitanism is a form of social capital, deployed whenever they acquire or consume transnational commodities, or goods that are linked in the popular imagination to other, more modern places. In a series of thickly described and carefully contextualized case studiesof Arabic childrens magazines, Pokmon, private schools and popular films, coffee shops and fast-food restaurantsMark Allen Peterson describes the social practices that create class identities. He traces these processes from childhood into adulthood, examining how taste and style intersect with a changing educational system and economic liberalization. Peterson reveals how uneasy many cosmopolitan Cairenes are with their new global identities, and describes their efforts to root themselves in the local through religious, nationalist, or linguistic practices.

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