Soraya Altorki's A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East PDF

By Soraya Altorki

ISBN-10: 1118475615

ISBN-13: 9781118475614

A spouse to the Anthropology of the center East provides a entire assessment of present traits and destiny instructions in anthropological learn and activism within the smooth heart East.

  • Offers serious views at the theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical ambitions of anthropology within the center East
  • Analyzes the stipulations of cultural and social transformation within the center japanese quarter and its relatives with different components of the world
  • Features contributions through most sensible specialists in a variety of heart East anthropological specialties
  • Features in-depth insurance of concerns drawn from faith, the humanities, language, politics, political financial system, the legislation, human rights, multiculturalism, and globalization

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The work of Andrew Shryock (2000 with Nabeel Abraham, 2011 with Nabeel Abraham, 2009 with DAAS Research Team) similarly rethinks diasporic communities and their connections to state, empire, and homeland. The work of Suad Joseph (2009) brings the study of transnationalism to the study of family, carrying out multi‐sited research in Lebanon, Canada, and the United States; while Paul Silverstein (2004) brings North African studies (Algeria) to France. Susan Ossman (2002) documents the global by linking notions of beauty and fashion in Casablanca, Paris, and Cairo, as Mark Peterson (2011) demonstrates the cosmopolitan tastes and practices of Cairo’s upper classes from children’s magazines to coffee shops, cinematic preference, and fast‐food consumption.

The works of anthropologists Saba Mahmood and Lila Abu‐Lughod—as well as that of other anthropologists—were cited at length in a number of non‐anthropology disciplinary chapters. Efforts to persuade the authors to drop these anthropological references and focus on their own disciplines, as was requested in the call to articles, were met with resistance. When one political science author reminded me that Saba Mahmood’s book Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject was named the Victoria Schuck Award winner in 2005 by the American Political Science Association, it was clear that anthropology of the Middle East had crossed critical disciplinary boundaries (political science being one of the more difficult ones to cross) and was no longer to be contained within its own discipline or area studies.

Many scholars focus on Islamic dress (especially the veil), “Islamic” codes of behavior, religious practices and piety, marriage, and divorce laws and practices. Another favorite focus of Middle East anthropological research is the sacred “P’s”—patriarchy, patrilineality, polygyny, patrilocality—and the implied family system with its presumed codes of honor and hierarchy. Newer and often pioneering research covers sexualities; performance and media studies and reflexive anthropology; transnationalism, transnational feminism, and diasporic studies; urbanism and urbanization; state, citizenship, civil society, political activism, and political movements; wars, revolutions, political protest; and science and technology studies.

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