ISBN-10:
0292717024
ISBN-13:
9780292717022
Pub. Date:
12/01/2007
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers

Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers

by L. L. Wynn

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Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers

Winner, Leeds Honor Book in Urban Anthropology, Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology, 2008

Living in Egypt at the turn of the millennium, cultural anthropologist L. L. Wynn was struck by the juxtapositions of Western, Gulf Arab, and Egyptian viewpoints she encountered. For some, Egypt is the land of mummies and pharaohs. For others, it is a vortex of decadence, where nightlife promises a chance to salivate over belly dancers and maybe even glimpse a movie star. Offering a new approach to ethnography, Pyramids and Nightclubs examines cross-cultural encounters to bring to light the counterintuitive ways in which Egypt is defined.

Guiding readers on an armchair journey that introduces us to Russian and Australian belly dancers on Nile cruise ships, Egyptian rumors about an Arab prince and his royal entourage, Saudi girls looking for a less restrictive dating scene, and other visitors to this "antique" land, Wynn uses the lens of travel and tourism to depict a fascinating and often surprising version of Egypt, while exploring the concept of stereotype itself. Tracing the history of Western and Arab fascination with Egypt through spurious hunts for lost civilizations and the new economic disparities brought about by the oil industry, Pyramids and Nightclubs ultimately describes the ways in which moments of cultural contact, driven by tourism and labor migration, become eye-opening opportunities for defining self and other.

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ISBN-13: 9780292717022
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

L. L. Wynn is Associate Lecturer in the Anthropology Department of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has taught in a Saudi girls' school and, receiving grants from organizations such as the Mellon Foundation, undertook more than two years of anthropological fieldwork in Cairo.

Table of Contents

  • A Note about Transliteration and Names
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: From the Pyramids to the Nightclubs of Pyramids Road
  • Chapter 1. Ethics and Methodology of a Transnational Anthropology
  • Chapter 2. Buried Treasure
  • Chapter 3. Atlantis and Red Mercury
  • Chapter 4. Sex Orgies, a Marauding Prince, and Other Rumors about Gulf Tourism
  • Chapter 5. Transnational Dating
  • Chapter 6. Palimpsest, Excavation, Graffiti, Simulacra: An Ethnography of the Idea of Egypt
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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