Christa Salamandra's A New Old Damascus: Authenticity And Distinction In Urban PDF

By Christa Salamandra

ISBN-10: 0253111218

ISBN-13: 9780253111210

ISBN-10: 0253344670

ISBN-13: 9780253344670

"[F]illed with infrequent encounters with Syria's oldest, so much elite households. Critics of anthropology's flavor for exoticism and marginality will delight in this examine of upper-class Damascus, an international that's urbane and cosmopolitan, but in some ways as distant because the settings during which the easiest ethnography has usually been done.... [Written] with a nuanced appreciation of the cultural varieties in query and the way Damascenes themselves imagine, speak about, and create them." -- Andrew ShryockIn modern city Syria, debates concerning the illustration, maintenance, and recovery of the outdated urban of Damascus have develop into a part of prestige pageant and id building one of the city's elite. In topic eating places and nightclubs that play on photos of Syrian culture, in tv courses, nostalgic literature, and visible paintings, and within the rhetoric of ancient renovation teams, the assumption of the previous urban has turn into a commodity for the intake of holiday makers and, most vital, of latest and previous segments of the Syrian higher classification. during this full of life ethnographic research, Christa Salamandra argues that during deploying and debating such representations, Syrians dispute the prior and criticize the present.Indiana sequence in center East reports -- Mark Tessler, normal editor

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Lining the beginning of the main street of the suq (marketplace) are brightly lit tourist shops, facades strung with embroidered aghabani tablecloths, gold and silver jewelry, musical instruments, inlaid wood handicrafts, brass trays and urns, and nylon sequined belly dancer outfits. ” Next come fabric stores, sweetshops selling stringy pistachio-encrusted mastic ice cream, jewelry shops, hawkers peddling socks and handkerchiefs, stores selling ornate sequined and beaded dresses. One small cul-de-sac offers nothing but wedding gowns.

The economic liberalization, or infitah (opening), from the late 1980s onward expanded practices of competitive consumption, and invigorated a new regionally and religiously mixed middle class (al-tabaqa al-jadida) for whom Damascene identity no longer served as a key elite marker. The pace of these developments traumatized the old urban elite. In the words of one old family Damascene: From the 1960s onward, Damascene society was shaken by the emergence of a new bourgeoisie that exploited its links with the regime, and profited from a gray area between public and private.

Al-Jisr alAbyad is part of the larger area referred to as al-Salhiyyeh—originally a medieval village, later home to Ottoman and then French functionaries, and one of the first destinations for wealthy migrants from the Old City. Afif Street leads westward toward the district of al-Muhajirin, a former suburb built at the turn of the twentieth century to house Muslim refugees from Crete and now a Damascene stronghold. Average four-room apartments in this region sell for 10,000,000 SP, and rent for 500,000 to 600,000 per year.

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