NEW BOOK: The New Arab Urban, edited by Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini

Published at: 27 March 2019

The New Arab Urban

Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress

by Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini

© 2019 – NYU Press


Shining special light on Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha—where the dynamics of extreme urbanization are so strongly evident—the authors of The New Arab Urban trace what happens when money is plentiful, regulation weak, and labor conditions severe. Just how do authorities in such settings reconcile goals of oft-claimed civic betterment with hyper-segregation and radical inequality? How do they align cosmopolitan sensibilities with authoritarian rule? How do these elite custodians arrange tactical alliances to protect particular forms of social stratification and political control? What sense can be made of their massive investment for environmental breakthrough in the midst of world-class ecological mayhem? Brought together by noted scholars, sociologist Harvey Molotch and urban analyst Davide Ponzini, this timely volume adds to our understanding of the modern Arab metropolis—as well as of cities more generally. Gulf cities display development patterns that, however unanticipated in the standard paradigms of urban scholarship, now impact the world.


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NEW BOOK: The New Arab Urban, edited by Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini