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Book review: The superlative city: Dubai and the urban condition in the early twenty-first century edited by Ahmed Kanna

Housby, Elaine (2014) Book review: The superlative city: Dubai and the urban condition in the early twenty-first century edited by Ahmed Kanna. LSE Review of Books (28 Jan 2014). Website.

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Abstract

"The Superlative City: Dubai and the Urban Condition in the Early Twenty-First Century." Ahmed Kanna. Harvard University Press. August 2013. --- In the last few years, the Persian Gulf city of Dubai has exploded from the Arabian sands onto the world stage. Oil wealth, land rent, and so-called informal economic practices have blanketed the urbanscape with enormous enclaved developments attracting a global elite, while the economy runs on a huge army of migrant workers from the labour-exporting countries of the Indian Ocean and Eurasian regions. In The Superlative City, contributors analyse some remarkable aspects of Dubai, such as the size and theming of real estate projects and the speed of urbanization. Elaine Housby finds that this will be of interest to anthropologists and architects alike.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 14:34
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2020 00:37
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56277

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