Mediated Urbanization: Hadiboh as an Emergent Translocality
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This chapter situates Soqotra’s communal modernization and national integration process within the island’s main urban formation: Hadiboh town. It is the primary context for the incubation and dissemination of the modernizing process, which is described in the four chapters of part 1. This chapter elucidates this process through its main local manifestations: It highlights the nature of this urban formation as a de-provincializing incubator due to mixed population contacts and the mediation of cultural technologies that are engendering existential dilemmas about the community’s political affiliation with, and cultural belonging to, the mainland nation-state.