Shaping the Post-Petroleum Society: Nationalism and Social Engineering in the Gulf

Tue, Nov 13, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia

How are Arab Gulf monarchies seeking to prepare their citizens for a post-petroleum age, and how are citizens reacting to top-down efforts to “shape” them? To help answer these questions, Dr. Jones will draw from her book, Bedouins into Bourgeois, on the causes and consequences of contemporary social engineering in the UAE, and she will also present new research on the role of Western experts and consultants in Gulf governance more broadly.

Calvert W. Jones is an assistant professor of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her PhD from Yale University in Political Science, and she also holds masters degrees from Berkeley and Cambridge. Her research focuses on social engineering, nationalism, and political socialization in the Middle East.

Lunch will be served.

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