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University of Virginia

Publication Date

Fall 2017

Program Name

Jordan: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East

Abstract

The neighborhood of Jabal al-Weibdeh is one of Amman’s most historic neighborhoods, founded in the 1930s atop one of Amman’s seven original hills. Using previous research on the construction of Jordanian national identity and the marginalization of Ammani identity, this paper aims to serve as a case study of the relationship between Amman and hegemonic discourses of Jordanian identity in Weibdeh. Through interviews with Jordanians who are connected to Weibdeh, this study examines the presence of collective memory and Ammani identity in Weibdeh. This paper argues that Weibdeh’s collective memory acts as an explicit counter-memory to Hashemite constructions of national identity.

Disciplines

Community Psychology | Multicultural Psychology | Social Psychology | Urban Studies and Planning

 

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