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A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib


A Taste for Home is a cultural history of the middle-class home in late Ottoman Beirut that is at once global and local. Focusing on the period from the second half of the nineteenth century until World War I, the book shows how middle-class domesticity took form amid changing urbanity, politicizations of domesticity in public debates, and changing consumption patterns. Engaging with postcolonial theory, works on material culture, and consumption and gender studies, the book uses the notion of taste in both its aesthetic and political sense to critique the idea of “Westernization,” showing ins ... More

Keywords: middle class, domesticity, modernity/modernization, globalization, Westernization, capitalism, consumption, material culture, taste, Ottoman Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780804799799
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804799799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, author
University of Oslo