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Description - A New Old Damascus by Christa Salamandra

In contemporary urban Syria, debates about the representation, preservation, and restoration of the Old City of Damascus have become part of status competition and identity construction among the city's elite. In theme restaurants and nightclubs that play on images of Syrian tradition, in television programs, nostalgic literature, and visual art, and in the rhetoric of historic preservation groups, the idea of the Old City has become a commodity for the consumption of tourists and, most important, of new and old segments of the Syrian upper class. In this lively ethnographic study, Christa Salamandra argues that in deploying and debating such representations, Syrians dispute the past and criticize the present.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253217226
ISBN-10: 0253217229
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christa Salamandra

Christa Salamandra is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Lehman College, City University of New York.

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