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For members of Cairo''s upper classes, cosmopolitanism is a form of socialcapital, deployed whenever they acquire or consume transnational commodities, orgoods that are linked in the popular imagination to other, more "modern"places. In a series of thickly described and carefully contextualized case studies-- of Arabic children''s magazines, Pok mon, private schools and popular films, coffee shops and fast-food restaurants -- Mark Allen Peterson describes the socialpractices that create class identities. He traces these processes from childhoodinto adulthood, examining how taste and style intersect with a changing educationalsystem and economic liberalization. Peterson reveals how uneasy many cosmopolitanCairenes are with their new global identities, and describes their efforts to rootthemselves in the local through religious, nationalist, or linguisticpractices.