New PDF release: A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East

By Soraya Altorki

ISBN-10: 1118475615

ISBN-13: 9781118475614

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

  • Offers severe views at the theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical ambitions of anthropology within the heart East
  • Analyzes the stipulations of cultural and social transformation within the center japanese area and its kin with different parts of the world
  • Features contributions by means of most sensible specialists in a number of center East anthropological specialties
  • Features in-depth assurance of concerns drawn from faith, the humanities, language, politics, political financial system, the legislation, human rights, multiculturalism, and globalization

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In the 1950s and 1960s, a Middle East anthropologist could have known a good proportion of all the other Middle East anthropologists actively doing research. By 2014, the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) (http://www. org/sections/mes) had a membership of over 300. 1 By the late 1970s and the 1980s, anthropology of the Middle East recruited an increasing number of young scholars—many well versed in theory and oriented toward innovative ethnographic, thematic, and methodological approaches.

While much work still needs to be done in Middle East anthropology on the state and its related thematics, these studies offer a strong point of departure. Wars, Revolutions, Violence, Neoliberalism The lifetime of work of Rosemary Sayigh (1979, 1993) on Palestine laid the groundwork for a generation of anthropologists working on Palestine, revolutions, violence, refugees, and women using oral histories and interviews. Julie Peteet’s work (1992, 2005, 1994) set a template for anthropologists working on revolutionary movements.

Situated at the confluence of a social movement (feminism) and an institutionalized field of study (for nearly four decades, mainly but not exclusively in Western academe), research on gender in the Middle East had to speak both to the changing canons of gender and women’s studies and to the approaches to post‐coloniality, Islam, and modernity referred to throughout this text (Kandiyoti 1996). enduring concerns, resilient tropes, and new departures 11 These interactions are clearly illustrated in Jessica Newman and Marcia Inhorn’s (Chapter 11) excellent overview of medical anthropology.

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