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Spectacular urbanization amidst variegated geographies of globalization: learning from Abu Dhabi's trajectory through the lives of south Asian men

Mohammad, Robina and Sidaway, James D (2012) Spectacular urbanization amidst variegated geographies of globalization: learning from Abu Dhabi's trajectory through the lives of south Asian men. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. ISSN 0309-1317

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Abstract

The world city aspirations and spectacular urbanization of Gulf cities such as Abu Dhabi rest on the combination of petrodollars, connections and labour. Drawing on interviews with South Asian men working there, this article reports their lives and labour as a mirror to the development of Abu Dhabi. This requires and invites an investigation of spaces of social reproduction, raising broader theoretical and comparative issues about these in the context of Gulf cities and other sites of rapid urbanization and migration. Transnational categories and connections are thereby opened up in ways that have implications for the study of other cities.

Item type: Article
ID code: 37242
Keywords: Gulf cities, Abu Dhabi, labour, transnationalism, postcolonialism, comparative urban studies, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, Development, Sociology and Political Science, Urban Studies
Subjects: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Geography
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 15:01
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:56
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/37242

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