Walls Built On Sand / Edition 1

Walls Built On Sand / Edition 1

by Anh Nga Longva
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813337852

ISBN-13: 9780813337852

Pub. Date: 12/01/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the sight of tens of thousands of non-Kuwaiti Arabs, Indians, East Asians, and Westerners fleeing or trapped under occupation made the outside world suddenly aware of a singular fact of Kuwaiti society—that Kuwaitis are an absolute minority in their own country. Basing her analysis on extensive fieldwork and archival research…  See more details below

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When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the sight of tens of thousands of non-Kuwaiti Arabs, Indians, East Asians, and Westerners fleeing or trapped under occupation made the outside world suddenly aware of a singular fact of Kuwaiti society—that Kuwaitis are an absolute minority in their own country. Basing her analysis on extensive fieldwork and archival research, the author examines the social dimension of labor migration to Kuwait since independence in 1961, exploring how the presence of over one million foreign workers has influenced the way Kuwaitis organize their lives and perceive themselves. In particular, Longva looks at the relations between two sharply differentiated social categories and the politics of exclusion that have allowed Kuwaitis to protect their rights and privileges as citizens against infringement by the huge influx of expatriates. Longva examines the little-studied system of kafala, or sponsorship, under which all foreign workers enter and reside in the country, showing how it has become the most critical source of power for native Kuwaitis vis-à-vis immigrants. She also addresses aspects of ethnicity and class, describes the life of expatriates, and looks at developments in gender relations and the role of women in building the national identity in the context of migration and modernization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813337852
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figure
Acknowledgments
Map of Kuwait
Map of Kuwait City and Suburbs
1Introduction1
2Kuwait Through History: A Tradition of Migration and Open Networks19
3The Politics of Exclusion43
4The Structure of Dominance: The Sponsorship System77
5Conceptualizing "Us" and "Them" Through Everyday Practice113
6Expatriate Life: Liminality and an "Ad Hoc" Way of Life149
7Gender Relations, Ethnicity, and the National Project187
8Pluralism and Integration223
9Postscript243
Bibliography246
Index257
About the Book and Author266

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