Connected in Cairo: Growing Up Cosmopolitan in the Modern Middle East

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Indiana University Press, 2011 - Education - 263 pages
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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, Pokémon, 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.

  

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Contents

1 Toward an Anthropology of Connections
1
2 Making Kids Modern Agency and Identity in Arabic Childrens Magazines
28
3 Pokémon Panics
64
4 Talk Like an Egyptian
96
5 Coffee Shops and Gender in Translocal Spaces
138
6 The Global and the Multilocal
170
Epilogue
215
Dramatis Personae
219
Notes
225
References
237
Index
253
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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.

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