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Dubai, the City as Corporation$
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Ahmed Kanna

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816656301

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816656301.001.0001

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The City-Corporation

The City-Corporation

Young Professionals and the Limits of the Neoliberal Response

(p.135) Chapter 4 The City-Corporation
Dubai, the City as Corporation

Ahmed Kanna

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the identity politics adopted by several young Emiratis who are dissatisfied with the often stifling obligations presented by the “neoorthodoxy” explained in the previous chapter. These young neoliberal professionals reject the traditionalist, “modern nostalgia” espoused in neoorthodoxy, but do not, however, reject Emirati and Muslim identities. They attempt to live their identities out in a different way, by actively aligning their Emirati and neoliberal values. The latter emphasizes the individual over the community, albeit even this configuration becomes yet another vehicle supporting the interests of the Al Maktoum regime. For this generation of managers and professionals, their identities are built upon on neoliberal notions of business management, self-cultivation and regulation, and individual merit, but which also maintain some non-neoliberal social expectations, especially in matters of gender.

Keywords:   neoliberal values, Al Maktoum, community, individual merit, gender, neoliberal professionals

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