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British Migration and Postcolonialism

This collaborative article adopts a postcolonial theoretical framework to examine

white British expatriate identities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), a part of

the Arabian Peninsular which was previously designated by Britain as the Trucial

States. The Trucial States were never a colony, nor a formally designated protectorate,

but we shall argue that their treaty relationships with imperial Britain were such that

it is appropriate and illuminating to adopt a postcolonial perspective in our analysis

of the everyday social relationships between British expatriates and local Arabs or

Emirati nationals.1