The Gulf Information War| Car Decals, Civic Rituals, and Changing Conceptions of Nationalism

Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, Ilhem Allagui


With the onset of the Gulf diplomatic crisis in June 2017, citizens and expatriate residents in Qatar affixed patriotic decals to their cars in a show of support. Using visual evidence and ethnographic interviews gathered between August 2017 and September 2018, we analyze Qatari and expatriate participation in this shared ritual of nationalism, and what each group’s participation meant to the other. Our conclusions highlight the growth of civic nationalism narratives in Qatar as a response to the diplomatic crisis, and a corresponding reduction in regional ethnic narratives of communal belonging




diplomatic crisis, nationalism, citizens, expatriates, Qatar

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