Monarchies and Nations: Globalisation and Identity in the Arab States of the Gulf

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Despite their small populations, the Arab states of the Gulf exercise an enormous and global influence. In most academic literature, however they are treated as it their only importance were as counters on a strategic game board, and most literature about them deals in simple models of oil, wealth and power. This book takes a quite different approach. By combining the interests of anthropologists, political scientists and others, it explores how the citizen populations of these states define themselves in a wider...
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Overview

Despite their small populations, the Arab states of the Gulf exercise an enormous and global influence. In most academic literature, however they are treated as it their only importance were as counters on a strategic game board, and most literature about them deals in simple models of oil, wealth and power. This book takes a quite different approach. By combining the interests of anthropologists, political scientists and others, it explores how the citizen populations of these states define themselves in a wider context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848858664
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Dresch is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
James Piscatori is Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : societies, identities and global issues 1
1 Channels of interaction : the role of Gulf-owned media firms in globalisation 34
2 Dialect and national identity : the cultural politics of self-representation in Bahraini Musalsalat 52
3 Cultural construction, the Gulf and Arab London 73
4 Transnational connections and national identity : Zanzibari Omanis in Muscat 96
5 Neither autocracy nor democracy but ethnocracy : citizens, expatriates and the socio-political system in Kuwait 114
6 Debates on marriage and nationality in the United Arab Emirates 136
7 Public order and authority : policing Kuwait 158
8 Gender, religious knowledge and education in Oman 182
9 Political actors without the franchise : women and politics in Kuwait 203
10 Managing God's guests : the pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia and the politics of legitimacy 222
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