Arab Masculinities: Anthropological Reconceptions in Precarious Times (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa) (Paperback)
Arab Masculinities provides a groundbreaking analysis of Arab men's lives in the precarious aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings. It challenges received wisdoms and entrenched stereotypes about Arab men, offering new understandings of rujula, or masculinity, across the Middle East and North Africa.
The 10 individual chapters of the book foreground the voices and stories of Arab men as they face economic precarity, forced displacement, and new challenges to marriage and family life. Rich in ethnographic details, they illuminate how men develop alternative strategies of affective labor, how they attempt to care for themselves and their families within their local moral worlds, and what it means to be a good son, husband, father, and community member.
Arab Masculinities sheds light on the most private spaces of Arab men's lives--offering stories that rarely enter the public realm. It is a pioneering volume that reflects the urgent need for new anthropological scholarship on men and masculinities in a changing Middle East.
About the Author
Konstantina Isidoros is Lecturer in Anthropology at St Catherine's College and Research Affiliate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. She is author of Nomads and Nation-Building in the Western Sahara: Gender, Politics and the Sahrawi.Marcia C. Inhorn is William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs and Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University. She is the author of six books, including America's Arab Refugees: Vulnerability and Health on the Margins; Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai; and The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East.