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Joyriding in Riyadh

Joyriding in Riyadh
Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt

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Part of Cambridge Middle East Studies

  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107641952

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  • Why do young Saudis, night after night, joyride and skid cars on Riyadh's avenues? Who are these “drifters” who defy public order and private property? What drives their revolt? Based on four years of fieldwork in Riyadh, Pascal Menoret's Joyriding in Riyadh explores the social fabric of the city and connects it to Saudi Arabia's recent history. Car drifting emerged after Riyadh was planned, and oil became the main driver of the economy. For young rural migrants, it was a way to reclaim alienating and threatening urban spaces. For the Saudi state, it jeopardized its most basic operations: managing public spaces and enforcing law and order. A police crackdown soon targeted car drifting, feeding a nationwide moral panic led by religious activists who framed youth culture as a public issue. The book retraces the politicization of Riyadh youth and shows that, far from being a marginal event, car drifting is embedded in the country's social violence and economic inequality.

    • Includes numerous interviews and an extensive review of Saudi sociological literature
    • Explores social violence and economic equality throughout Saudi Arabia
    • Demonstrates the struggle between youth culture and the state
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107641952
    • length: 263 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A night with 'Ajib
    2. Repression and fieldwork
    3. City of the future
    4. The business of development
    5. Street terrorism
    6. Street politics
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Pascal Menoret, New York University, Abu Dhabi
    Pascal Menoret is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at New York University, Abu Dhabi. His research combines urban history and social anthropology. His publications include The Saudi Enigma: A History (2005) and L'Arabie, des routes de l'encens à l'ère du pétrole (2010).

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