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Another Arabesque : Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil - John Tofik Karam

Another Arabesque

Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil

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A revealing investigation of changing identity in a globalizing world

"Another Arabesque is excellent and exciting. It is full of valuable and new materials on Arabs and Arabs in Brazil. It is well documented in the area of theory and innovative in its approach. Karam brings to the study an exciting approach, well-written and full of ethnographic insight." Barbara Aswad, Wayne State University "Both theoretically sophisticated and firmly grounded in meticulous ethnographic research, it will be of interest to Brazilianists and those interested in cultural manifestations of neo-liberal economic policy and doctrine." Joshua Roth, Mount Holyoke College "Another Arabesque is a valuable and interesting exploration of the evolution of Brazil's successful Middle Eastern community in a variety of contexts...The book provides an intriguing insight into the formerly concealed extent to which Arab culture has influenced this Latin American powerhouse." The Latin Review of Books "Karam describes in detail how Arab identity has intensified under liberalization...This exhaustive ethnography approaches Arab Brazilian lives as an interconnected whole, examining not only business but also politics, marriage and interpersonal relationships, leisure and tourism." NACLA "Karam's concise, well-wrought account of the intensification of Syrian-Lebanese (i.e., Arab) identity is a significant contribution to a burgeoning literature on ethnicity in Brazil...Drawing on an impressive range of materials, including historical documents, newspaper reports, ethnographic vignettes, interviews, and soap operas, he provides a rich account of the trajectory of a Brazilian ethnic category. While the book offers intriguing sketches rather than in-depth explorations of individuals, it compensates by thinking big, historically, and geographically." The Luso-Brazilian Review "By approaching his investigation from an anthropological perspective, Karam contributes to understanding the Syrian-Lebanese phenomenon through time in Brazil...The book contributes to the study of the relationship between ethnic identity and nation construction by asking questions that go beyond the explanations derived from colonial logic...the book provides an ethnographic perspective that proposes new forms of observation and data collection that are very relevant to social studies. As such, it will stand as one of the most useful in the field." Latin American Politics and Society "This is an engaging and theoretically provocative ethnography that focuses on an ethnic community that has not received much attention from anthropologists studying Brazil... Another Arabesque [makes] an important contribution to understanding ethnicity, nationalism, and globalization in Brazil and elsewhere." Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

Introduction : the politics of privilegep. 1
Imagining political economy
Pariahs to partners in the export nationp. 23
Eth(n)ics and transparent state reformp. 46
Remodeling the nationalist order
Turcos in the market model of racial democracyp. 71
Mixing christians, cloning Muslimsp. 95
Marketing ethnic culture
Ethnic reappropriation in the country club circuitp. 121
Air turbulence in homeland tourismp. 144
Conclusion : in secure futures : Arabness, neoliberalism, and Brazilp. 165
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ISBN: 9781592135394
ISBN-10: 1592135390
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st January 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43