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Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt

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Why do young Saudis, night after night, joyride and skid cars on Riyadh's avenues? Who are these drifters who defy public order and private property? What drives their revolt? Based on four years of fieldwork in Riyadh, Pascal Menoret's Joyriding in Riyadh explores the social fabric of the city and connects it to Saudi Arabia's recent history. Car drifting emerged after ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published April 21st 2014 by Cambridge University Press
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Yves Gounin
Oct 17, 2016 Yves Gounin rated it it was amazing
« Comment peut-on être saoudien ? ». Chacun ou presque a aujourd’hui son opinion sur la politique qu’il conviendrait de mener avec l’Arabie saoudite. Les plus réalistes estiment qu’il s’agit d’un pôle de stabilité dans un environnement régional troublé ; les moins cyniques s’alarment au contraire du soutien aveugle apporté par l’Occident à un des régimes les plus rétrogrades au monde. Mais qui connaît l’Arabie saoudite ? Si, depuis l’arrivée au pouvoir du roi Salmane en janvier 2015 et la sombre ...more
David
Oct 28, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Anyone working with Saudi youth should read this important and unusual ethnographic study of how some Saudi young men cope with the stress of their society. Having worked with them both in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for more than 35 years, I discovered very interesting (and sometimes surprising) insights into the Saudi, Arab, Middle Eastern, and possibly even Muslim psyche.

The French are superior anthropologists, again proven in this book. Extensively researched and based on primary resources, M
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Alex Shams
This text was an excellent read and a pleasure to get through.

I particularly enjoyed that the author spends two entire chapters delving into the history of urban planning in Saudi Arabia. This allowed the reader to see how the development of cities and the shape their growth takes is structured by ideological considerations integrated into the planning itself by urban planners and authorities.

The way urban space is molded, formed, and constituted has tremendous implications for how urban lives
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Danielle
Jan 02, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
I also generally enjoyed this book (for my political science class), but it was more of an enjoyment of everything I had learned and Menoret's overarching message (I suppose similar to Cole's). Menoret's writing is a bit dry at times, but he writes history and stories of his fieldwork so compellingly.
Christy
Oct 01, 2016 Christy rated it did not like it
Written like a long-winded PhD thesis, this book could have really benefitted from an editor before mass publication. The topic is interesting, but so much of the writing did not serve to move the narrative forward, that I eventually had to put it down.
Reef Al
Oct 16, 2015 Reef Al rated it really liked it
Certainly a very interesting and fun read. Must disclaim, however, that some facts in the book are questionable.
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