A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)
By: Soraya Altorki (author)Hardback
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A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East presents a comprehensive overview of current trends and future directions in anthropological research and activism in the modern Middle East. * Offers critical perspectives on the theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical goals of anthropology in the Middle East * Analyzes the conditions of cultural and social transformation in the Middle Eastern region and its relations with other areas of the world * Features contributions by top experts in various Middle East anthropological specialties * Features in-depth coverage of issues drawn from religion, the arts, language, politics, political economy, the law, human rights, multiculturalism, and globalization
Soraya Altorki is Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is the author or co-author of five books and many journal articles and book chapters in the area of the anthropology of the Arab world, including studies on the family, gender, youth, religion, and political economy.
Notes on Contributors x Acknowledgments xvii Preface xviii Part I Introduction: Theoretical and Conceptual Issues 1 1 Enduring Concerns, Resilient Tropes, and New Departures: Reading the Companion 3 Deniz Kandiyoti 2 Theory and Thematics in the Anthropology of the Middle East 15 Suad Joseph 3 Structure/Agency and the Anthropology of the Middle East 40 Soraya Altorki 4 Reflections on the Politics of Middle East Studies 72 Steven C. Caton Part II Culture and Everyday Life 89 5 The Politics of Aesthetics in the Muslim Middle East 91 Martin Stokes 6 Dreams and the Miraculous 107 Amira Mittermaier 7 Refiguring Islam 125 Nada Moumtaz 8 In the Garden of the Sexes: Of Men, Women, Gaze, and Hair 151 Shahla Haeri 9 Trajectories of Gendered Labor 172 Livia Wick 10 The Politics of Poetry 188 J. Andrew Bush Part III Social Relations and Social Movements 205 11 Medical Anthropology in the Middle East and North Africa 207 Jessica Newman and Marcia C. Inhorn 12 From Rural Development to Environmental Anthropology 233 Nicholas S. Hopkins 13 Displacement and Dispossession in the Middle East 249 Dawn Chatty 14 Anthropology and Humanitarianism in the Middle East 262 Ilana Feldman 15 Anthropologies of Middle Eastern Diasporas 282 Paul A. Silverstein 16a The Invention of the Mizrahim 316 Ella Shohat 16b The Mizrahi Cinema of Displacement 329 Ella Shohat 17 Social Movements and Revolution 338 Zeina Zaatari Part IV Law, Politics, and the State 361 18 Justice between Islamic Sharia and Liberal Law: Remarks on the Egyptian Context 363 Hussein Ali Agrama 19 The Notion of Arab Culture and the Colonial Present 391 Mayssoun Sukarieh 20 Rethinking Anthropology of Neoliberalism in the Middle East 411 Julia Elyachar 21 States of Aspiration : Anthropology and New Questions for the Middle East 434 Michelle Obeid 22 Rethinking the Post ]Ottoman : Anatolian Armenians as an Ethnographic Perspective 452 Hakem Al ]Rustom 23 Reframing the Middle Eastern City: Thoughts on New Research 480 Kamran Asdar Ali Part V Pop Culture and New Media 493 24 Middle Eastern Music and Popular Culture 495 John Philip Rode Schaefer 25 New Media and Electronic Networks 509 Mark Allen Peterson Index 526
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