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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (13 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804798524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804798525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
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"Farah Al-Nakib debunks some tenacious myths about modernist urban planning: far from creating a happier, more productive urban environment, it fostered bleak suburbs marked by class, gender, and race segregation. Her superb book is a hymn to everyday Kuwaitis who, after sixty years of urban upheaval, struggle to reclaim the right to their city." --Pascal Menoret, Brandeis University, author of "Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt""

"Farah Al-Nakib's critical eye and eloquent prose illuminate questions that have engaged generations of urban theorists, historians and activists: the destructive and alienating nature of modernism, the real and the ideal of urban pasts, and the loss of city's ownership. "Kuwait Transformed" is a brilliant achievement whose relevance goes far beyond the Gulf region and the Middle East, and a must read for all those interested in critical urbanism. --"Nelida Fuccaro, University of London, SOAS"

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"Farah Al-Nakib debunks some tenacious myths about modernist urban planning: far from creating a happier, more productive urban environment, it fostered bleak suburbs marked by class, gender, and race segregation. Her superb book is a hymn to everyday Kuwaitis who, after sixty years of urban upheaval, struggle to reclaim the right to their city." (Pascal Menoret Brandeis University, author of Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt)

"Farah Al-Nakib's critical eye and eloquent prose illuminate questions that have engaged generations of urban theorists, historians and activists: the destructive and alienating nature of modernism, the real and the ideal of urban pasts, and the loss of city's ownership. Kuwait Transformed is a brilliant achievement whose relevance goes far beyond the Gulf region and the Middle East, and a must read for all those interested in critical urbanism." (Nelida Fuccaro, University of London SOAS)

"This beautifully written and compelling narrative explains both Kuwait's cosmopolitan history as a diverse port city and the fundamental transformation of its urban life, urban space, and political life. It is replete with a wealth of historicized and contextualized insights and is a must read for those interested in a spatial reading of Kuwaiti history, urbanity and development." (Diane Singerman American University)

"Al Nakib, a historian, is a wonderfully clever detective who knows her city and its streets well. She searches archives and memoirs, make[s] excellent use of the social theory from David Harvey, Henri Lefebvre, Ash and Amin, and others." (Waleed Hazbun Jadaliyya)

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