By Soraya Altorki

A spouse to the Anthropology of the center East offers a finished assessment of present traits and destiny instructions in anthropological study and activism within the glossy heart East.

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

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Enduring concerns, resilient tropes, and new departures 5 The moment of decolonization in the aftermath of World War II coincided with the period of Cold War rivalry between the superpowers. This is generally assumed to have prompted the institutionalization of an infrastructure for “area studies” in the United States, although more nuanced accounts of these beginnings suggest a more complex history (see Mitchell 2002). This infrastructure, aptly described by Suad Joseph in Chapter 2, was consolidated through the Title VI of the National Defense Education Act of 1958, which launched the National Resource Centers for area studies, and the Fulbright‐Hays Act of 1961, which funded doctoral and post‐doctoral fellowships.

Finally, as suggested earlier, a field of research that has been at the forefront of integrating political economy with the examination of intersections between the global and the local is the anthropology of space and the study of cities (Chapter 23). New studies on the re‐fashioning of urban space under regimes of neo‐liberal governance have uncovered processes of marginalization and dispossession that, coupled with an understanding of forms of popular participation and resistance, are indispensable to any meaningful work on social movements in the Middle East.

See, for instance, Tugal’s Passive Revolution, cited earlier, and Salwa Ismail’s Rethinking Islamist Politics (2006b). 8 Steve Caton (Chapter 4) points to a paradox between “on the one hand, the impulse to combat widely held stereotypes of downtrodden Middle Eastern women being always subordinate to men—either because of the patriarchal society or Islam (with the two often conflated), or both—stereotypes that often served the political interests of Western projects; and on the other, the critical impulse to expose such domination where and when it actually occurred, in order, hopefully, to better women’s lives in the region” (p.

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