This project aims at contributing to the anthropology of capitalism and globalization through the study of economic flows and consumptions as they unfold in the Turkish, Eastern Arab, Kurds and Iranian contexts. The research will focus on cities (Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Dubai, Erbil, Istanbul, Tehran) strongly marked by neo-liberal and market-oriented economic reforms, that the region has been experiencing during the last two decades: transformation of urban landscapes, multi-polarization, redefinition of the flow of goods and people on local and regional levels, changes in the forms and patterns of consumption. The project adopts primarily an economic anthropology approach, but will also incorporate other perspectives pertaining to human and social sciences: geography, political sciences, sociology and economics, modern and contemporary history. The objective of the project is to understand how these changes and reforms, associated with globalization, practically take place in cities often considered as conservatives. It also aims to unravel the role that these changes have played and still play in the political upheavals that the region has known since 2011: a connected anthropology mindful of the everyday practices of globalization.
Programme de recherche CNRS Ifpo, porteur IDEMEC (Coord. Thierry Boissière)