Discussion Papers

No.513 Migration, Labor and Business in the Worlding Cities of the Arabian Peninsula

by Andrew M. GARDNER

March 2015


This short essay, built on a foundation of more than a decade of fieldwork in the hydrocarbon-rich societies of the Arabian peninsula, distills a set of overarching threads woven through much of that time and work. Those threads include a discussion of the social heterogeneity of the Gulf State citizenries, the central role of development and urban development in these emergent economies, the multifaceted impact of migrants and migration upon these host societies, and the role of foreign ‘imagineers’ in the portrayal of Gulf societies, Gulf values, and Gulf social norms.

Keywords: Arabian Gulf States, Anthropology, demography, development, migration
JEL classification:  F22, F66, J11, J61, N35.

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