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Nationalisme d'Etat et nationalisme ordinaire en Arabie saoudite : la nation saoudienne et ses immigrés

Abstract : The content of National identity in Saudi Arabia has been defined on a narrow ethnic based on Nedji cultural background ­ where the royal family originates from ­, the imposition of a puritan way of Islam and the exclusion of challenging identities. Yet mass consumption, urbanization and participation to the labour force have recast the boundaries of national belonging. This article analyses Saudi ethnic nationalism as it is confronted by immigrants' communities in a context where public policies are designed for immigrants' formal exclusion from the National community. Despite urban segregation and regular deportation, migrant communities have emerged in the Kingdom. Using Michael Billig's concept of "banal nationalism" (1995), this article argues that immigrants reproduce Saudi everyday nationhood through new urban way of life and consumers' practices.
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Hélène Thiollet. Nationalisme d'Etat et nationalisme ordinaire en Arabie saoudite : la nation saoudienne et ses immigrés. Raisons politiques, Presses de Science Po, 2010, 2010/1 (37), pp.89 - 101. ⟨hal-01675519⟩



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