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Author Salamandra, Christa.

Title A new old Damascus : authenticity and distinction in urban Syria / Christa Salamandra
Published Bloomington, Ind. ; [Great Britain] : Indiana University Press, [2004]


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 MELB  305.80095691 Sal/Nod  AVAILABLE
Description x, 199 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Series Indiana series in Middle East studies
Indiana series in Middle East studies.
Contents Introduction: A return to the old -- "His family had a house in Malki, so we thought he was all right" : socio-spatial distinction -- "That color looks great on you" : consumption, display, and gender -- Old Damascus commodified -- Ramadan lived and consumed -- Conservation, preservation, and celebration -- Conclusion: Weapons of the not-so-weak -- Epilogue: Of hubble bubbles and cell phones
Summary "In contemporary urban Syria, debates about the representation, preservation, and restoration of the Old City of Damascus have become part of status competition and identity construction among the city's elite. In theme restaurants and nightclubs that play on images of Syrian tradition, in television programs, nostalgic literature, and visual art, and in the rhetoric of historic preservation groups, the idea of the Old City has become a commodity for the consumption of tourists and, most important, of new and old segments of the Syrian upper class. In this lively ethnographic study, Christa Salamandra argues that in deploying and debating such representations, Syrians dispute the past and criticize the present".--BOOKJACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [173]-187) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ethnology -- Syria -- Damascus.
Social structure -- Syria -- Damascus.
Group identity -- Syria -- Damascus.
Damascus (Syria) -- Social life and customs.
Damascus (Syria) -- Religious life and customs.
LC no. 2004009433
ISBN 0253217229 paperback
0253344670 cloth alkaline paper