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Regionalizing Oman

by Wippel, Steffen.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: United Nations University Series on Regionalism ; . 6 Physical details: XI, 351 p. 40 illus. online resource. ISBN: 9400768214 Subject(s): Social sciences. | Regional planning. | Anthropology. | Social Sciences. | Political Science, general. | Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning. | Linguistics (general). | Anthropology. | Social Sciences, general.
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Preface; Fred Scholz -- Chapter 1. ''Regionalizing Oman'': A New Interest of Research on Oman and its Spatial Dimensions; Steffen Wippel -- Part I: Concepts of Regionalisation and Region-Building -- Chapter 2. Conceptual Considerations of “Space” and “Region”: Political, Economic and Social Dynamics of Region-Building -- Steffen Wippel -- Chapter 3. Theorizing Regionalism(s): When “Regions” Emerge and Interact; Ulrike Lorenz  and Frank Mattheis -- Chapter 4. Working with “Translocality”: Conceptual Implications and Analytical Consequences; Katrin Bromber -- Part II. The Translocal, Transnational and Transregional Movement of People -- Chapter 5. “We are part of Zanzibar” – Translocal Practices and Imaginative Geographies in Contemporary Oman-Zanzibar Relations; Julia Verne and Detlef Müller-Mahn -- Chapter 6. Of Red Cells, Translocality and Origins: Inherited Blood Disorders in Oman; Claire Beaudevin -- Chapter 7. Oman-India Relations: Exploring the Long-Term Migration Dynamics; Samir Pradhan -- Chapter 8. Negotiating Authenticity and Translocality in Oman: the “Desertscapes” of the Harasiis Tribe; Dawn Chatty -- Part III. Micro and Macro Regionalisation through Economic Practices; -- Chapter 9. Re-reading the Role of Oman within its International Trade Relations. From 16th through to the 19th Centuries; Beatrice Nicolini -- Chapter 10. Oman and the Indian Ocean Rim – Economic Integration Across Conventional Meta-Regions; Steffen Wippel -- Chapter 11. Oman Caught Between the GCC Common Market and Bilateral Free Trade with the US: Is It Worth Breaking the Rules?; Anja Zorob -- Chapter 12. Musandam and its Trade with Iran. Regional Linkages across the Strait of Hormuz; Michael Benz -- Chapter 13. Is Littoralization Reconfiguring the Omani Territory?; Belgacem Mokhtar -- Chapter 14. The Impact of Shopping Malls on Traditional Retail Stores in Muscat. Case study of al-Seeb Wilayat; Montasser I. M. Abdelghani. Part IV. State and Society in Regional and Global Perspectives -- Chapter 15. Private Documents as a Source for Regional History: The Archive of the ÝAbrÐyÐn of al-ÍamrÁÞ; Michaela Hoffmann-Ruf -- Chapter 16. Domesticating Local Elites. Sheikhs, Walis and State-Building under Sultan Qaboos; Marc Valeri -- Chapter 17. Musandam: Creating a New Region Across the Water; Gulshan Dietl -- Chapter 18. The Political Economy of Internationalization and Privatization of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman; Torsten Brandenburg -- Chapter 19. Bringing the Global and the Local Together through English in Oman; Rahma Al-Mahrooqi and Victoria Tuzlukova -- Concluding Remarks: Regionalizing Oman beyond Conventional Metageographies; Steffen Wippel.  .

This volume addresses the historical structures and current dynamics of Oman’s regionalization processes and their political, economic and social dimensions. It is based on an interdisciplinary and trans-regional dialogue between scholars from different social sciences and area studies such as political science, economics, management, economic and social geography, history, social anthropology and linguistics as well as Middle East/West Asian, gulf and African studies, and develops four major axes of research: - Oman’s integration into global and regional flows of goods, capital, people and ideas; - The multi-scaled political negotiation of such integration (or disintegration) processes; - Consequences of suchlike processes and forms of regionalization for (translocal) actors; - Ideas and strategic communication of regional belonging and the constitution of regions. Each chapter deals with one or more of these issues. Part I deals with concepts of regionalisation and region-building and presents different approaches that accentuate certain dimensions of these processes and come from different disciplinary backgrounds. Part II focuses on the translocal, transnational and (trans)regional movement of people, their practices and imaginations, be they contemporary labour in- and out-migrants, returnees from Eastern Africa or nomadic tribal members. Part III takes a closer look particularly at economic issues and regionalisation processes that are mainly based on multiple trade links, regional development policies or politics of regionalism. Part IV analyses political and socio-cultural issues in regional and global perspectives.  

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