Joyriding in Riyadh Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt

ISBN-10: 1107641950
ISBN-13: 9781107641952
Edition: 2014
Authors: Pascal Menoret
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Description: Why do young Saudis, night after night, joyride and skid cars on Riyadh's avenues? Who are these "drifters" who defy public order and private property? What drives their revolt? Based on four years of fieldwork in Riyadh, Pascal Menoret's Kingdom  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 263
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Why do young Saudis, night after night, joyride and skid cars on Riyadh's avenues? Who are these "drifters" who defy public order and private property? What drives their revolt? Based on four years of fieldwork in Riyadh, Pascal Menoret's Kingdom Adrift explores the social fabric of the city and connects it to Saudi Arabia's recent history. Car drifting emerged after Riyadh was planned, and oil became the main driver of the economy. For young rural migrants, it was a way to reclaim alienating and threatening urban spaces. For the Saudi state, it jeopardized its most basic operations: managing public spaces and enforcing law and order. A police crackdown soon targeted car drifting, feeding a nationwide moral panic led by religious activists who framed youth culture as a public issue. The book retraces the politicization of Riyadh youth and shows that, far from being a marginal event, car drifting is embedded in the country's social violence and economic inequality.

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