Bhoomika Ghaghada

Karama: An Immigrant Neighborhood Transformed


Published in Janurary 2021 (Jadaliyya), English, No ISBN, 16 Pages. 

This essay is derived from Ghaghada's MA research, focused on the rapidly changing immigrant neighborhood in downtown Dubai called Karama. Within the last five years, its landscape, demographic composition, and cultural identity have been dramatically altered. State-led redevelopment has resulted in physical, economic, and cultural expulsions, that affect middle class South and Southeast Asians disproportionately. This essay explains how these expulsions work on the ground.The story of Karama points to an accelerating trend of writing over the unspectacular in the UAE, uprooting residents who have put down roots, and wiping away sediments of the long history of exchange, movement, and settlement between the Gulf and South Asia.

Editors: Neha Vora, Rosie Bsheer

Contents
1. Introduction
2. Redevelopment, Aligned with Brand Dubai
3. Raced, Classed and Gendered Expulsions


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