By John Tofik Karam

Delivering a unique method of the examine of ethnicity within the neoliberal industry, "Another Arabesque" is the 1st full-length e-book in English to target the expected seven million Arabs in Brazil. With insights won from interviews and fieldwork, John Tofik Karam examines how Brazilians of Syrian-Lebanese descent have received larger visibility and prominence because the state has embraced its globalizing financial system, really its kin with Arab Gulf international locations. even as, he recounts how Syrian-Lebanese descendants have more and more self-identified as "Arabs." Karam demonstrates how Syrian-Lebanese ethnicity in Brazil has intensified via marketplace liberalization, govt transparency, and patron diversification. using an ethnographic procedure, he employs present social and company phenomena as springboards for research and dialogue. Uncovering how Arabness seems to be in locations faraway from the center East, "Another Arabesque" makes a brand new and important contribution to the learn of ways identification is shaped and formed within the glossy global.

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The father was said to have once jestingly rationalized to one of his partners, “Primo, a meter of German ribbon … imported costs $300 [and] a meter of this property $240; [and] it doesn’t run out or fringe and better still is on the trolley-car route in front of Celso Garcia” avenue in downtown São Paulo (Greiber et al. 1998: 38). In the first half of the twentieth century, this investment approach helped the Abdalla 30 ONE family to own the nearly 1 million square meters of the Parque São Jorge, whose sports square was later sold to the present-day Brazilian professional soccer organization, the Corinthians.

A “March for Peace” had been carried out in the SAARA, an acronym for a downtown commercial district (and association) in Rio de Janeiro. It was organized in response to both the September 11 attacks and the continuing violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Making the eight o’clock Globo news on September 25, the march was said to have been purposefully held in the SAARA, a “traditional” area of Arab and Jewish commerce in Rio de Janeiro. The Globo news anchors explained that since the early twentieth century, Arabs and Jews “have lived together” in the same neighborhood, and that the only briga (fight) was over prices and customers.

As a precursor of the “Arab Brazilian” entity today, the Syrian Chamber of Commerce was conceived as a private entity to benefit Arab-run commerce in early twentieth-century Brazil. 26 ONE Jafet’s praise of commerce, however, fell on deaf ears. Brazilian elites regarded the country as an agricultural plantation that could supply rubber, cacao, and mostly coffee to North America and Europe (Dean 1969; Holloway 1980; Stolcke 1988; Weinstein 1983). In their vision, he and other Middle Easterners were innately shrewd turcos who accumulated considerable sums of wealth through petty commerce.

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