Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories 15th Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface Edition

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ISBN-10: 0520256514
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About the Author

Lila Abu-Lughod is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of Veiled Sentiments (UC Press) and Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt. She is the editor of Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East and the coeditor, most recently, of Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 15th Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface edition (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520256514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520256514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Etienne ROLLAND-PIEGUE on November 2, 2009
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In the preface to the new edition, Lila Abu-Lughod confesses that her book failed to reach its public. It was "billed as a book about women and an experiment in feminist ethnography", and its key messages failed to pass through. In any case, she may have tried to kill too many birds with one stone. As she recalls, "in Writing Women's Worlds, I used the narratives, arguments, and everyday lives of some individual families living on Egypt's northwest coast to try to do three things: to confront my discipline of anthropology with the ways it has tended to typify cultural groups, to challenge public discourse about women of the Muslim Middle East, and to show Western feminists that defining patriarchy is not at all a simple matter."

The three imagined audiences implied in that statement--fellow anthropologists, writers about women in the Middle East, and Western feminists--broadly belong to the same group: academics, to use a shorthand. It is this targeted public that the book failed to reach, eliciting few reviews and even less scholarly debate. So the author feels compelled, in the new preface written "for the twenty-first century", to restate and to clarify her key messages.

She thinks that what Writing Women's Worlds has to offer has become all the more urgent in the new context within which these intended audiences might now read a book like this. Anthropologists should discard the concept of culture as they did with the notion of race because "the concept lends itself to usages so apparently corrupting of the anthropological ones as the pernicious theses of Samuel Huntington's clash of civilizations".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie R. on August 27, 2014
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Met our expectations. Delivery was on schedule.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Nuchowich on June 1, 2013
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I had to get this book for an ethnography class and I read it pretty much in two-sittings! Just a wonderful compilation of ethnographic research in an unusual manner for an Anthropology book. I loved Lila's prose, as she presented her research through the narrative of conversation and songs. It made me feel like I was there with them! I recommend this book for anyone interested in ethnography, and especially in women's studies.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Lukau on June 26, 2009
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the development of women in Islam in Africa. The book portrays anthropological and feminist insights to construct a critical ethnography. Furthermore, it explores the difficulties that women in developing countries must face on a daily basis. Other than this, I received the book within of week of my purchase and the book was in excellent condition; I would recomment this seller to anyone.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam Iam on May 22, 2009
In great condition. Plenty of email notifications on my order's status and info. This purchase was quick and simple.
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