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Impossible Citizens Dubai's Indian Diaspora

ISBN-10: 0822353938
ISBN-13: 9780822353935
Edition: 2013
Authors: Neha Vora
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Description: Indian communities have existed in the Gulf emirate of Dubai for more than a century. Since the 1970s, workers from South Asia have flooded into the emirate, enabling Dubai's huge construction boom. They now comprise its largest noncitizen  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Indian communities have existed in the Gulf emirate of Dubai for more than a century. Since the 1970s, workers from South Asia have flooded into the emirate, enabling Dubai's huge construction boom. They now comprise its largest noncitizen population. Though many migrant families are middle-class and second-, third-, or even fourth-generation residents, Indians cannot become legal citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Instead, they are all classified as temporary guest workers. InImpossible Citizens, Neha Vora draws on her ethnographic research in Dubai's Indian-dominated downtown to explore how Indians live suspended in a state of permanent temporariness.While their legal status defines them as perpetual outsiders, Indians are integral to the Emirati nation-state and its economy. At the same time, Indians—even those who have established thriving diasporic neighborhoods in the emirate—disavow any interest in formally belonging to Dubai and instead consider India their home. Vora shows how these multiple and conflicting logics of citizenship and belonging contribute to new understandings of contemporary citizenship, migration, and national identity, ones that differ from liberal democratic models and that highlight how Indians, rather than Emiratis, are the quintessential—yet impossible—citizens of Dubai.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Exceptions & Exceptionality in Dubai
A Tale of Two Creeks: Cosmopolitan Productions and Cosmopolitan Erasures in Contemporary Dubai
An Indian City?: Diasporic Subjectivity and Urban Citizenship in Old Dubai
Between Global City & Golden Frontier: Indian Businessmen, Unofficial Citizenship, and Shifting Forms of Belonging
Exceeding The Economic: New Modalities of Belonging among Middle-class Dubai Indians
Becoming Indian in Dubai: Parochialisms and Globalisms in Privatized Education
Conclusion
Reassessing Gulf Studies
Citizenship, Democracy, and the Political
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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