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dc.contributor.advisor Gamblin, Sandrine Fortner-Dominguez, Ashley 2017-05-29T07:48:24Z 2017-05-29T22:00:13Z Spring 2017 en_US 2017-05-29
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an ethnography conducted with the residents of the Amman New Camp (Wihdat) on their fashion consumption. Consumption is approached as a multidimensional structure that exhibits itself in common and uncommon ways of life and it also permeates people’s conceptualizations of the world in which they live as well as the creation of their own identities. It therefore interacts with the fundamental elements of social life and culture, relaying a channel by which messages and meanings are exchanged or transferred. It spans over a wide range of practices and generates diverse styles for embedding people and societies into trends that sustain this structure. Consumption styles and trends that are embedded in this structure define much wider elements, both along hierarchies and along highly subjective preferences, all of which function to consolidate norms and ways of being across different domains of life. I explore the environment and lives of the Wihdat residents, living with them and participating in some of their daily and occasional consumption of fashionable commodities. Three main themes emerge to represent the core categories in which fashion consumerism occurs – consumption of homes, clothing, and bodies. The consumption that occurs in these categories is detailed by complex needs that come as signifiers for norms, desires, preferences, and values. Islamic values emerge for a variety of commodities consumed across the three categories but they interlace with a wide range of subjective individual and collective perceptions, all of which interact with the camp conditions and ways of life as has come to be established by the residents and the community at-large. en_US
dc.format.extent 79 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Amman New Camp en_US
dc.subject Fashion en_US
dc.subject Palestinian Refugees en_US
dc.subject Consumption en_US
dc.subject Wihdat en_US
dc.subject Ethnography en_US
dc.subject Jordan en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Fashion in Amman new camp: An ethnographical study of consumption in a Palestinian refugee camp en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Middle East Studies en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Middle East Studies Center en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Rizzo, Helen
dc.contributor.committeeMember Hodgkins, Allison

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