Spectacular urbanization amidst variegated geographies of globalization: learning from Abu Dhabi's trajectory through the lives of south Asian men

Robina Mohammad, James D Sidaway

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    The world city aspirations and spectacular urbanization of Gulf cities such as Abu Dhabi rest on the combination of petrodollars, connections and labour. Drawing on interviews with South Asian men working there, this article reports their lives and labour as a mirror to the development of Abu Dhabi. This requires and invites an investigation of spaces of social reproduction, raising broader theoretical and comparative issues about these in the context of Gulf cities and other sites of rapid urbanization and migration. Transnational categories and connections are thereby opened up in ways that have implications for the study of other cities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages22
    JournalInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
    Early online date10 Jan 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Gulf cities
    • Abu Dhabi
    • labour
    • transnationalism
    • postcolonialism
    • comparative urban studies

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