Dressing the nation? Symbolizing Emirati national identity and boundaries through national dress

@article{Akinci2019DressingTN,
  title={Dressing the nation? Symbolizing Emirati national identity and boundaries through national dress},
  author={Idil Akinci},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={43},
  pages={1776 - 1794}
}
  • Idil Akinci
  • Published 8 August 2020
  • Sociology
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
ABSTRACT Through an ethnography of young Emirati citizens from Dubai, this article explores the symbolic role of their national dress in the construction and maintenance of Emirati national identity. Taking into consideration the ethnic and racial diversities among Emirati citizens, and the demographic imbalance in the Emirates, I argue that the national dress functions either to convince Emiratis that “they are Emirati enough” or to remind migrants who Emirati nationals are. These everyday… Expand
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