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Consuming Damascus

Edited by Walter Armbrust

in Mass Mediations

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219250
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219250.003.0008
Consuming Damascus

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This chapter studies a Middle Eastern state that tries to construct the “local” as a national community which is slightly outside the reach of global capital. It shows that Baathist Syria has had mixed results in its efforts to preserve a distinctively Syrian identity, despite the fact that Syria has been more hesitant than Egypt to lead the entry of global capital. The chapter also discusses the concept of “mere consumption,” which takes the place of modernist engines for constructing national identity.

Keywords: national identity; global capital; national community; Baathist Syria; Syrian identity; mere consumption; modernist engines

Chapter.  7236 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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