Domestic Government: Kinship, Community and Polity in North Yemen (Society & Culture in the Modern Middle East New edition)

Domestic Government: Kinship, Community and Polity in North Yemen (Society & Culture in the Modern Middle East New edition)

By: Ms. Martha Mundy (author)Paperback

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This work explores the notion of "household" as the site and organizing model not only of production but also of politics in Yemen's past and present. Based on extensive fieldwork, the study is written from the vantage point of women's society but, insisting that domestic government is not the same as women's private domain, it is not confined to a study of women. The author instead links the idea and organization of the household with property and suggests subtle ways in which household and house relate to locality, region and wider notions of government and legal authority.


Part 1 Introduction: themes of study; the national context - geography and history. Part 2 The locality - images of place and political order: landscape observed; history remembered; community imagined; status and community - images of status, community and status order, land, occupation and status. Part 3 Law in the locality. Part 4 The village economy - agriculture and the market: an introduction - the division of labour; agriculture - the character of property, the distribution of rights to land, patterns of production; the market - agriculture and the market, specialists, literacy - the religious specialist and the government employee. Part 5 House, household and family: introduction; patronymic groups; household - household forms, family and household, the working of households. Part 6 Material exchange and moral order: an exceptional life - by way of introduction; property systems and peasant society; on marriage - ritual, payments; on childbirth and the conjugal family - childbirth, household and conjugal family; on death and property - mourning the dead, transmission - prae mortem, post mortem, law and documentation; conclusions - juridical model, social model. Part 7 Alliance - household, house and community: introduction; alliance - politics and economy - status and alliance, spatial patterns, laud and marriage; kinship and the circles of marriage - local terms of alliance, the frequency of "close marriage", economy and "close marriage", marriages of a patronymic group; marital alliance - for and economy. Part 8 Conclusion.

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  • ISBN13: 9781860641022
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781860641022
  • ISBN10: 1860641024
  • edition: New edition

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