Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East

Anthropology s Politics Disciplining the Middle East U S involvement in the Middle East has brought the region into the media spotlight and made it a hot topic in American college classrooms At the same time anthropology a discipline committed to on th

  • Title: Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East
  • Author: Lara Deeb Jessica Winegar
  • ISBN: 9780804781237
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • U.S involvement in the Middle East has brought the region into the media spotlight and made it a hot topic in American college classrooms At the same time, anthropology a discipline committed to on the ground research about everyday lives and social worlds has increasingly been criticized as useless or biased by right wing forces What happens when the two concerns mU.S involvement in the Middle East has brought the region into the media spotlight and made it a hot topic in American college classrooms At the same time, anthropology a discipline committed to on the ground research about everyday lives and social worlds has increasingly been criticized as useless or biased by right wing forces What happens when the two concerns meet, when such accusations target the researchers and research of a region so central to U.S military interests This book is the first academic study to shed critical light on the political and economic pressures that shape how U.S scholars research and teach about the Middle East Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar show how Middle East politics and U.S gender and race hierarchies affect scholars across their careers from the first decisions to conduct research in the tumultuous region, to ongoing politicized pressures from colleagues, students, and outside groups, to hurdles in sharing expertise with the public They detail how academia, even within anthropology, an assumed liberal discipline, is infused with sexism, racism, Islamophobia, and Zionist obstruction of any criticism of the Israeli state Anthropology s Politics offers a complex portrait of how academic politics ultimately hinders the education of U.S students and potentially limits the public s access to critical knowledge about the Middle East.

    One thought on “Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East”

    1. A harrowing (in the best possible sense) and necessary read for all anthropologists of the Middle East and North Africa. Deeb and Winegar tease out structural power dynamics and disciplinary tensions to show how the field of MENA anthropology has been shot through with political and ethical entanglements for decades.

    2. This book will probably only interest those interested in the politics of anthropology as a discipline, and especially the anthropology of MENA. For those of us who are interested, the coverage is detailed and astute.

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