By Mark Allen Peterson

For contributors of Cairo’s top periods, cosmopolitanism is a kind of social capital, deployed every time they collect or eat transnational commodities, or items which are associated within the well known mind's eye to different, extra "modern" areas. In a sequence of thickly defined and thoroughly contextualized case studies—of Arabic children’s magazines, Pokémon, deepest colleges and renowned motion pictures, espresso retailers and fast-food restaurants—Mark Allen Peterson describes the social practices that create category identities. He lines those tactics from early life into maturity, studying how flavor and elegance intersect with a altering academic method and financial liberalization. Peterson unearths how uneasy many cosmopolitan Cairenes are with their new international identities, and describes their efforts to root themselves within the neighborhood via non secular, nationalist, or linguistic practices.

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