By John Tofik Karam
Providing a unique method of the learn of ethnicity within the neoliberal marketplace, "Another Arabesque" is the 1st full-length ebook in English to target the anticipated seven million Arabs in Brazil. With insights won from interviews and fieldwork, John Tofik Karam examines how Brazilians of Syrian-Lebanese descent have won higher visibility and prominence because the kingdom has embraced its globalizing economic climate, really its kinfolk with Arab Gulf international locations. while, 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 industry liberalization, executive transparency, and purchaser diversification. using an ethnographic method, he employs present social and company phenomena as springboards for research and dialogue. Uncovering how Arabness appears to be like in locations faraway from the center East, "Another Arabesque" makes a brand new and important contribution to the research of the way identification is shaped and formed within the smooth international.
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When they ask if I’m Lebanese, I say no, I am Arab, I am an Arab descendant. So, there isn’t this … idea of individual nations. ” This general Arabness has served as the very stuff of the CCAB’s institutional linkages with governmental and 38 ONE commercial organizations in the Arab world. Ofﬁcial ties with the Arab League of States, for example, are contingent on the CCAB’s executive directory being de ascendência árabe (of Arab ascendance) stipulated in the chamber’s revised charter in the 1980s (Câmara de Comércio Árabe Brasileira 1989: 15–18).
He asked me to ask the CCAB why it had never attended to his inquiries. A CCAB director later conﬁded to me that “Asian telecommunications” are strong throughout the Middle East and that Shahid would not get anywhere, even if the CCAB were to help him. ” Shahid continues to frequent CCAB events and hopes for a future export opportunity. P A R I A H S T O P A R T N E R S I N T H E E X P O R T N AT I O N 39 In this light, Arab ethnicity has intensiﬁed but in ways that are potentially irrelevant to the actual interaction among self-identiﬁed Arabs themselves.
So, these agencies have as [their] reason of being to awaken the exporting spirit in small and medium-size companies and, at the same time, to educate, assist, and give access to information: What are the countries that buy? 19 Hardly concealing his joy in the prospects of an export-driven national industry honed by state agencies, this important business executive subsequently praised President Fernando Henrique Cardoso for making Brazil into an export nation. Furlan also emphasized the parcerias (partnerships) between exportoriented state agencies and international chambers of commerce.
Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil by John Tofik Karam