An intimate portrait of life in the world's richest nation ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
Just 70 years ago, the Gulf nation of Qatar was a backwater, reliant on pearl diving. Today it is a gas-laden parvenu with seemingly limitless wealth and ambition. Skyscrapers, museums and futuristic football stadiums rise out of the desert and Ferraris race through the streets. But in the shadows, migrant workers toil in the heat for risible amounts.
Inside Qatar reveals how real people live in this surreal place, a land of both great opportunity and great iniquity. Ahead of Qatar's time in the limelight as host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, anthropologist John McManus lifts a lid on the hidden worlds of its gilded princes, manual labourers and domestic workers, its teachers and policemen, culture vultures and thrill seekers.
This is the real Qatar in all its extremes - crushingly unequal and not just a little outrageous, but also diverse, riotous, pulsing with innovation and life.
JOHN MCMANUS is a social anthropologist and writer with over ten years of experience researching and writing about the Middle East. He is the author of Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football. He lives in Ankara, Turkey.
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Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography