Transnational Geographies Of The Heart. Intimate Subjectivities In A Globalising City. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 4428098
  • Book
  • 192 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Transnational Geographies of the Heart explores the spatialisation of intimacy in everyday life through an analysis of intimate subjectivities in transnational spaces. The author draws on ethnographic research with British migrants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, during a phase of rapid globalisation and economic diversification in 2002–2004. This research highlighted the negotiation of inter–personal relationships as enormously significant in relation to the dialectic of home and migration. A range of relationships are discussed in four empirical chapters focused on the production of expatriate subjectivities, community and friendships, sex and romance, and families. The British migrants interviewed are diverse in terms of their length of residence, occupation, age, gender and marital status yet, at the same time, their reproduction of middle class, white and heteronormative subjectivities in postcolonial space marks them as privileged in collective terms. Essential reading for geographers, sociologists and anthropologists, this book demonstrates that a critical analysis of the geographies of intimacy might productively contribute to our understanding of the ways in which intimate subjectivities are embodied, emplaced, and co–produced across binaries of public/private and local/global space.

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Series Editor s Preface vi

Acknowledgements vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Geographies of Intimacy 23

3 A Globalising Gulf Region and the British in Dubai 45

4 British Expatriate Subjectivities in Dubai 65

5 Community , Clubs and Friendship 85

6 Sex, Desire and Romance in the Globalising City 106

7 Migration, Domesticity and Family Life 126

8 Our Intimate Lives 145

References 155

Index 172

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