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By John Tofik Karam

Supplying a singular method of the research of ethnicity within the neoliberal marketplace, "Another Arabesque" is the 1st full-length publication in English to target the expected seven million Arabs in Brazil. With insights received 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 financial system, really its family members with Arab Gulf countries. 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 client diversification. using an ethnographic method, he employs present social and enterprise phenomena as springboards for research and dialogue. Uncovering how Arabness appears to be like in areas faraway from the center East, "Another Arabesque" makes a brand new and priceless contribution to the examine of the way id is shaped and formed within the smooth global.

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26 In the entrance to a seminar room packed with dark suits, the mostly male attendees fumbled with name tags handed out by female secretaries. Carefully placed on the one hundred and twenty seats were folders filled with pamphlets on upcoming international fairs and business missions. Participants perused them, adjusted name tags on lapels, and glanced at their gold watches as the seminar began. After panelists from the Arab chamber and the Brazilian federal government were introduced at the front table, a synopsis was given of their co-sponsored activities.

American state agenda to spread “democracy” in the world. S. S. American hegemony. ” Begun in the mid-1990s, these structured seminars have been held bimonthly throughout Brazil, attracting between 50 and 120 businesspeople, overwhelmingly non-Arab, from Brazilian enterprises. 26 In the entrance to a seminar room packed with dark suits, the mostly male attendees fumbled with name tags handed out by female secretaries. Carefully placed on the one hundred and twenty seats were folders filled with pamphlets on upcoming international fairs and business missions.

They represented 40 percent of the rayon-weaving segment alone (90 of 215). Almost without exception, these enterprises opened in the mid-1930s, due in part to the trade and industrial incentives of Getúlio Vargas (Stein 1957). Catering to urban commercial and industrial classes (mostly composed of immigrants), Vargas instituted a protectionist policy that placed high tariffs on imports. This benefited the national textile industry from the 1930s onward. “Protected by extremely high tariffs against imported textiles” that reached almost 280 percent as late as the 1960s (Bergsman 1970: 137; Evans 1979: 133), textile industrialists, wholesalers, and garment makers grew in 28 ONE numbers and networks.

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