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The Australian National University

Mr Andrew Leary

Position: PhD candidate in Anthropology

School or Centre:

School of Archaeology & Anthropology


Thesis title: Where the Herds had Passed the Night, Where Stood the Tents, Where their Coffeepots had Rested: Tourism, Bedouin identity, change and continuity in Southern Jordan

My research seeks to explore the meaning of, the dynamics of, Bedouin identity as Bedouin from the Bidul and Howeitat tribes in and around Petra and Wadi Rum, Southern Jordan , engage with global tourism. What dose the intersection between tribal and market economies and nation states mean for Bedouin as they make a living in multi resource economies which include tourism, pastoralism and wage work? And do changes in the way people live, even dramatic ones, necessarily lead to an erosion or loss of some authentic form of identity, some authentic form of culture?

Rumah Bantuan, Aceh: Visiting a site in Aceh where an MCC partner was building relief housing for those affected by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami


Wadi Rum



Research Interests

Tourism, Impact of Capitalist Economic Structures on Tribal Societies, Conceptions of Identity

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