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Dubai, the City as Corporation

Ahmed Kanna


Somewhere in the course of the late twentieth century, Dubai became more than itself. The city was, suddenly, a postmodern urban spectacle rising from the desert—precisely the glittering global consumer utopia imagined by Dubai’s rulers and merchant elite. This book looks behind this seductive vision to reveal the role of cultural and political forces in shaping both the image and the reality of Dubai. Exposing local struggles over power and meaning in the making and representation of Dubai, the book examines the core questions of what gets built and for whom. The book, interesting with its vi ... More

Keywords: Dubai, postmodernism, cultural identity, built environment, South Asians, desert, city

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816656301
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816656301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ahmed Kanna, author
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and International Studies, University of the Pacific