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

By John Tofik Karam

Supplying a unique method of the research of ethnicity within the neoliberal industry, "Another Arabesque" is the 1st full-length ebook in English to target the predicted seven million Arabs in Brazil. With insights won from interviews and fieldwork, John Tofik Karam examines how Brazilians of Syrian-Lebanese descent have won better visibility and prominence because the state has embraced its globalizing economic system, really its relatives with Arab Gulf international locations. whilst, he recounts how Syrian-Lebanese descendants have more and more self-identified as "Arabs." Karam demonstrates how Syrian-Lebanese ethnicity in Brazil has intensified via marketplace liberalization, executive transparency, and client diversification. using an ethnographic technique, he employs present social and enterprise phenomena as springboards for research and dialogue. Uncovering how Arabness looks in locations faraway from the center East, "Another Arabesque" makes a brand new and helpful contribution to the research of the way identification is shaped and formed within the glossy international.

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Yet these “strands of identification … tugged into the open or stuffed out of sight” at any given moment (Narayan 1993: 673) represented just one aspect of research. ” The tendency to ficar alinhado (dress up) and aproximar-se às costas largas (rub elbows) weighed heavily in Arab livelihood and leisure circles (which is the rule, not the exception, in Brazil). 28 I responded by trying to make myself over with similar clothing and accessories. Also compulsory were business cards (cartãozinhos). I ordered some from my university in upstate New York and eventually learned how to introduce myself and query into exchanging them with a given interloper.

Financed by their family fortunes from the Brazilian textile market, the chamber originally served their high-society pretensions in Brazil and with the homeland. ” Regularly appearing in financial news coverage, the chamber even received praise from Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1994–2002). ” Focusing on the historical formation and current project of CCAB, this chapter explores the association between Syrian–Lebanese and commerce in two paradigms of Brazilian national economy: protectionism (1930s–1970s) and liberalization (1970s–present).

The Syrian–Lebanese went through backlands, founding stores of commerce in each settlement,” one banner reads. ” Omitting their marginal status in earlier times, descendants have displayed and extolled this memory only in the late 1990s, specifically when an old wholesale warehouse was renovated as a shopperfriendly store. 15 Despite this project, which tries to fix the Middle Eastern past of petty commerce to the region, 25 de Março has become well known—many would say infamous—for cheap imports, falsified name-brand goods, and even sweatshops.

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