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

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For members of Cairo's 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 studies--of Arabic children's magazines, Pok mon, private schools and popular films, coffee shops and fast-food restaurants--Mark 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.

About the Author


Mark Allen Peterson is Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Miami University. He is author of Anthropology and Mass Communication: Media and Myth in the New Millennium and co-author of International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780253223111
ISBN-10: 0253223113
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: May 6th, 2011
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa