By Mark Allen Peterson
For individuals of Cairo's top periods, cosmopolitanism is a sort of social capital, deployed at any time when they gather or devour transnational commodities, or items which are associated within the renowned mind's eye to different, extra "modern" areas. In a sequence of thickly defined and thoroughly contextualized case studies—of Arabic kid's magazines, Pok?mon, inner most colleges and well known movies, espresso outlets and fast-food restaurants—Mark Allen Peterson describes the social practices that create type identities. He strains those tactics from adolescence into maturity, analyzing how flavor and magnificence intersect with a altering academic process and financial liberalization. Peterson finds how uneasy many cosmopolitan Cairenes are with their new worldwide identities, and describes their efforts to root themselves within the neighborhood via non secular, nationalist, or linguistic practices. (2011)
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All these people have been shaped in various ways by the processes described in this book; all have exerted their own agency to shape their life trajectories in different ways. And the evolution of this book has coincided with the evolution of their lives, including their educations, careers, and families. I have tried throughout this book to make transparent my ethnography and my relationships with the many people, especially students at 22â•… C o n n e c t e d i n C a i r o AUC, who have made the work possible.
S. bestselling Goosebumps series) separates the comics M a k i n g K i d s M o d e r n â•… 31 from a row of children’s magazines: Bolbol, Majid, Alaa Eldin, and Al Arabi Alsaghir. 63). In many cases, the prices of magazines imported from elsewhere in the region are reduced from what they cost in their countries of publication, reflecting the economic differences between Egypt and the oil-rich Gulf states. Most young consumers do not seem to know this, nor do they care when I explain. ” What is important are the pictures, the stories, and the advertisements.
Many of the chapters had their genesis in incidents like the discussion with Sabry, in mentoring relationships, and in my participation in weddings and other life activities with friends. I first encountered Pokémon on a trip home to the United States, but it was graduate students with young children who directed me to the public debates about Pokémon in the Middle East. Some described these with ironic detachment, others were passionately concerned. Through them, I was led to conduct fieldwork at two schools.
Connected in Cairo: Growing up Cosmopolitan in the Modern Middle East by Mark Allen Peterson