City of Strangers in the New York Times

Andrew M. Gardner, author of City of Strangers: Gulf Migration and the Indian Community in Bahrain, is interviewed in the February 24, 2011 New York Times, because his book offers insight into the underlying social conditions leading to the current popular movements in the Middle East:

“In Bahrain, you have a large disenfranchised lower middle class in the citizenry that has been left out of the economic opportunity,” Mr. Gardner, who teaches at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, said in an interview in Dubai. “It’s really led to the uprising that’s in the news right now. This disenfranchised youth, they’re competing with this foreign population.” City of Strangers offers a glimpse into the fragile social contract that supports the development of the Gulf nations.

You can read the whole article here: “Migrant Workers on a Treadmill in Bahrain”

City of Strangers in the New York Times