Walls Built On Sand: Migration, Exclusion, And Society In Kuwait, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Walls Built On Sand

Migration, Exclusion, And Society In Kuwait, 1st Edition

By Anh Nga Longva


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When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the sight of tens of thousands of non-Kuwaiti Arabs, Indians, East Asians, and Westerners fleeing or trapped under occupation made the outside world suddenly aware of a singular fact of Kuwaiti society, that Kuwaitis are an absolute minority in their own country. Basing her analysis on extensive fieldwork and archi

Table of Contents

1 Introduction, 2 Kuwait Through History: A Tradition of Migration and Open Networks, 3 The Politics of Exclusion, 4 The Structure of Dominance: The Sponsorship System, 5 Conceptualizing "Us" and "Them" Through Everyday Practice, 6 Expatriate Life: Liminality and an "Ad Hoc" Way of Life, 7 Gender Relations, Ethnicity, and the National Project, 8 Pluralism and Integration, 9 Postscript

About the Author

Anh Nga Longva is associate professor of social antropology at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies