Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni Town

Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni Town

by Anne Meneley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487512989
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 08/12/2016
Series: Anthropological Horizons
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Anne Meneley is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Trent University.

Table of Contents



  1. Going Out in Zabid
  2. Tournaments of Value
  3. The Bayt: Family and Household
  4. Achieving Virtue through Modesty
  5. Distinction and Display in the Visiting Scene
  6. Moments of Consequence: Weddings and Mourning Ceremonies
  7. Personhood, Emotion, and Hierarchy
  8. Moral Worth and Piety in Everyday Life
  9. Conclusion: The Rise and Fall of Families




What People are Saying About This

Jessica Winegar

Tournaments of Value is a masterful analysis of women's sociality in the Middle East. Through rich ethnography, Meneley transports readers into the complex mechanics of weddings and visiting rituals in a Yemeni town. She brilliantly shows how these are key political spaces, where hierarchies of class, age, gender, and geography are created and contested.

Lila Abu-Lughod

'Still unsurpassed as an ethnography of the power and grace of women's social worlds in an Arab society.'

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