Western Privilege: Work, Intimacy, and Postcolonial Hierarchies in Dubai

Date
Nov 17, 2021, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Audience
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  • Free, Open to the Public
Event Description

Nearly 90 percent of residents in Dubai are foreigners with no Emirati nationality. As in many global cities, those who hold Western passports share specific advantages: prestigious careers, high salaries, and comfortable homes and lifestyles. Westernness is more than a passport; it is also an identity that requires emotional and bodily labor. And as they work, hook up, parent, and hire domestic help, Westerners chase Dubai's promise of socioeconomic elevation for the few. Through an ethnography informed by postcolonial and feminist theory, Le Renard reveals the diverse experiences and trajectories of white and non-white, male and female Westerners to understand the shifting and contingent nature of Westernness and also its connection to whiteness and heteronormativity. Western Privilege offers a singular look at the lived reality of structural racism in cities of the global South. 

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Sponsor
Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies
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