Bedouins into Bourgeois: A book discussion with Calvert W. Jones

March 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Elliott School for International Affairs, Room 505
1957 E St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Calvert W. Jones will discuss her new book, Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization, (Cambridge University Press, 2017) with POMEPS on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Elliott School for International Affairs, Room 505. The book investigates an ambitious state-led social engineering campaign in the United Arab Emirates, where leaders aimed to encourage more entrepreneurial, market-friendly, patriotic, and civic-minded citizens. Extensive ethnography – including interviews with a ruling monarch – reveals the rulers’ reasoning and goals for social engineering, and illustrates how social engineering strategies that use nationalism to motivate citizens can have paradoxical effects.

Calvert W. Jones is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Government & Politics. Her current research examines new approaches to citizen-building in the Middle East, with an emphasis on goals, mechanisms, and outcomes in state-led social engineering efforts.

Limited copies of the book will be available for students

A light lunch will be provided

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