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The Resource Temporary cities : resisting transience in Arabia, Yasser Elsheshtawy

Temporary cities : resisting transience in Arabia, Yasser Elsheshtawy

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Temporary cities : resisting transience in Arabia
Title
Temporary cities
Title remainder
resisting transience in Arabia
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Yasser Elsheshtawy
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Language
eng
Summary
Are Arab Gulf cities, the likes of Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha, on their way to extinction? Is their fate obsolescence? Or, are they the model for our urban future? Can a city whose very existence is predicated on an imported labour force who build and operate these gleaming urban centres remain a viable urban entity? Could the transient nature of this urban model, its temporariness and precariousness, also be its doom? In this wide-ranging book Yasser Elsheshtawy takes on these tough, but necessary, questions aiming to examine the very nature of the Arab Gulf city and whether it can sustain its existence throughout the twenty-first century. Having lived in the region for more than two decades he researched its marginalized and forgotten urban settings, trying to understand how a temporary people can live in a place that inherently refuses to give them the possibility of becoming citizens. By being embedded in these spaces and reconciling their presence with his own personal encounters with transience, he discovered a resilience and defiance against the forces of the hegemonic city. Using subtle acts of resistance, these temporary inhabitants have found a way to sustain and create a home, to set down roots in the midst of a fast changing and transient urbanity. Their stories, recounted in this book through case studies and in-depth analysis, give hope to cities everywhere. Transience is not a fait accompli: rather the actions of citizens, residents and migrants - even in the highly restrictive spaces of the Gulf - show us that the future metropolis may very well not turn out to be a 'utopia of the few and a dystopia of the many'. This could be an illusion, but it is a necessary illusion because the alternative is irrelevance.--
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Elsheshtawy, Yasser
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Planning, history, and the environment series
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  • Cities and towns
  • Sociology, Urban
  • Persian Gulf Region
  • Persian Gulf Region
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Temporary cities : resisting transience in Arabia, Yasser Elsheshtawy
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Prologue -- Chapter 1. Introduction : Transience in Arabia -- Part I. Prelude : Constructing a Landscape of Transience: Chapter 2. Forming an Urban Imaginary : A Photographic Essay ; Chapter3. Scenes from Dubai : Capturing Uncanny and Fleeting Experiences ; Chapter 4. The Arab Gulf City in Fiction : The Unbearable Lightness of Transience -- Part II. Urban Interventions : Resistance and Defiance: Chapter5. Quotidian Space : Everyday Interactions in Hor Al Anz Street ; Chapter 6. Sheltering Space : Little Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi ; Chapter 7. Cosmopolitan Space : Encountering Diversity in Nasser Square ; Chapter 8. Local Space : the Emirati National House ; Chapter 9. Transience and Gulf Exceptionalism
Control code
on1085955197
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xiv, 297 pages
Isbn
9781138313071
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1085955197
Label
Temporary cities : resisting transience in Arabia, Yasser Elsheshtawy
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Chapter 1. Introduction : Transience in Arabia -- Part I. Prelude : Constructing a Landscape of Transience: Chapter 2. Forming an Urban Imaginary : A Photographic Essay ; Chapter3. Scenes from Dubai : Capturing Uncanny and Fleeting Experiences ; Chapter 4. The Arab Gulf City in Fiction : The Unbearable Lightness of Transience -- Part II. Urban Interventions : Resistance and Defiance: Chapter5. Quotidian Space : Everyday Interactions in Hor Al Anz Street ; Chapter 6. Sheltering Space : Little Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi ; Chapter 7. Cosmopolitan Space : Encountering Diversity in Nasser Square ; Chapter 8. Local Space : the Emirati National House ; Chapter 9. Transience and Gulf Exceptionalism
Control code
on1085955197
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xiv, 297 pages
Isbn
9781138313071
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1085955197

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