The Bedoiuns and Urbanization: The Effects of Globalization on Bedouins in Oman

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Bedouins are confronted daily with multiculturalism, discrimination, place identity and belonging. They are living within an urban world while ancient traditions are trying to exist as the western world slowly moves in. I spent three years in the Middle East as an English teacher, which afforded me the opportunuity to develop close friendships with many Muslims students who attend school. Many of these students came from Bedouins living several kilometers from school. I saw first hand how the western world and governmental powers of the state affected their identity and lifestyle.


Keywords: Bedouins, Oman, Globalization, Urbanization
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Michel Demyen

Office Administrator, Pacific Institute in Mathematical Sciences, University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I have a BA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria and am currently pursing a MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. For five year I was an international teacher of English and Humanities in S. Korea, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman and the Bahamas. Research Assistant for Coast Under Stress, a five year project between the University of Victoria and Memorial University of New Foundland. TESL Global Manager for Vancouver Island, organized and conducted seminars on teaching overseas. For two years I was the owner of Gypsy Quill Publications, a small publishing company responsible for translating manuscripts.

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