By Mark Allen Peterson
For participants of Cairo’s higher sessions, cosmopolitanism is a kind of social capital, deployed at any time when they gather or eat transnational commodities, or items which are associated within the well known mind's eye to different, extra "modern" areas. In a chain of thickly defined and thoroughly contextualized case studies—of Arabic children’s magazines, Pokémon, deepest faculties and well known motion pictures, espresso outlets and fast-food restaurants—Mark Allen Peterson describes the social practices that create category identities. He strains those procedures from early life into maturity, reading how flavor and elegance intersect with a altering academic procedure and financial liberalization. Peterson finds how uneasy many cosmopolitan Cairenes are with their new international identities, and describes their efforts to root themselves within the neighborhood via spiritual, nationalist, or linguistic practices.
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Connected in Cairo: Growing up Cosmopolitan in the Modern Middle East (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa) by Mark Allen Peterson