Imagined Masculinities: Male Identity and Culture Inthe Modern Middle East

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"Writings on gender in the Middle East have tended for good reason to focus on the status of women, on their histories and negotiations with law, and on the steady rise of Islamist politics in different settings. Issues of masculinity have in the process been somewhat neglected, despite the great interest in the subject in relation to American, European and Australian societies in the wake of feminism." "This book takes as its starting point the notion that masculinity is as socially constructed and diverse across time and place as femininity.
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Overview

"Writings on gender in the Middle East have tended for good reason to focus on the status of women, on their histories and negotiations with law, and on the steady rise of Islamist politics in different settings. Issues of masculinity have in the process been somewhat neglected, despite the great interest in the subject in relation to American, European and Australian societies in the wake of feminism." "This book takes as its starting point the notion that masculinity is as socially constructed and diverse across time and place as femininity. Attempting to add a further dimension to existing work on gender in the Middle East, the contributors discuss in detail specific historical processes by which male identities get constructed, reproduced and contested." "Of interest to students of gender studies, to those from any discipline working on the Middle East and to general readers, the book includes contributions from academics, writers and journalists from the Middle East, Europe and the USA."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863560972
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 9/30/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Pt. I Making Men: Institutions and Social Practices
1 Festivities of Violence: Circumcision and the Making of Men 19
2 Circumcision, the First Haircut and the Torah: Ritual and Male Identity Among the Ultraorthodox Community of Israel 33
3 'Our Bulent Is Now a Commando': Military Service and Manhood in Turkey 65
'Military service in spite of me': Interview with L. S., Former Conscript 92
4 Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Palestinian Intifada: A Cultural Politics of Violence 103
5 The Military as a Second Bar Mitzvah: Combat Service as Initiation to Zionist Masculinity 127
Pt. II Male Fictions: Narratives, Images and Icons
6 Reading 'Wiles of Women' Stories as Fictions of Masculinity 147
7 Male Homosexuality in Modern Arabic Literature 169
8 Farid Shauqi: Tough Guy, Family Man, Cinema Star 199
9 Chewing Gum, Insatiable Women and Foreign Enemies: Male Fears and the Arab Media 227
10 'That's how I am, world!': Saddam, Manhood and the Monolithic Image 236
Pt. III Memoir and Male Identity
11 Lentils in Paradise 251
12 Not the Man My Father Was 263
13 Those Two Heavy Wings of Manhood: On Moustaches 273
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