Start your review of Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society updated with a new preface Write a review Shelves: middle-east , egypt , cultural , non-fiction First off I loved this book. I read through it almost not quite but almost as one does through fiction. My eyebrows did raise in irritiation during the first chapter. I anticipated a dry, highly academic analysis of a people group. I was not looking forward to this.
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Its most visible act, veiling, in- This study does not fully meet the inten- dicates that modest behavior, for women, is tions of the author as stated in the introduc- essentially a sociopolitical matter since tion see pages , a n d t h e women veil only before fathers, elder uncles, anthropological readership may grow impa- elder male cousins, and elder affines and not tient with some of the political science dis- before younger brothers, cousins, or affines or course.
The research also provides weakness that violate the honor code and the an illuminating example for anthropologists sentiments of romantic love that violate the who seek ways of relating local to national po- modesty code without incurring the opprobri- litical control.
Lila Abu-Lughod. Berkeley: tioned discourses available to individuals to University of California Press, This plicants viss society; the exhibition of relationship has been studied with respect to mastery and self-control in the very act of ex- the values ofhonor and modesty among these- pressing anti-structural sentiments ; and the dentarized Bedouin of the Western Desert of institutionalization of a cultural form ghinna- Egypt.
The ide- tive analyses of honor in the Mediterranean- ology of honor is itself divorced into two sep- Middle East area by Pitt-Rivers, Bourdieu, arate but related discourses. These at- sonal and societal level. Her plementary discourses among Egyptian Be- piece is useful in providing a plausible basis of d o u i n c o n s t i t u t e only two i n t r i g u i n g elements of Mediterranean unity in the reli- possibilities for the future comparative study gious history of the region, an element surpris- of the relationship between cultural form, so- ingly underdeveloped in previous work on cial context, and human experience.
In the most unusual chapter, yet one of the most instructive, Mariko Asano-Tamanoi Honor and Shame and the Unity of the compares a Catalonian village with a Japa- Mediterranean. David D. Cilmore, ed. Special nese village, showing that cultural elements Publication No. Washington, DC:Ameri- connected with the honodshame complex are can Anthropological Association, Of spe- pp. In so doing, they also ask whether the of notions of hospitality in a village on Crete, eagerness of some anthropologists to find a takes us down to a level of ethnographic de- way ofjustifying a new areal specialty within scription that clearly lacks the analytical the discipline may have led us astray.
The power of the above-mentioned chapters. Mediterranean societies and just what its de- The effort to justify a geographic area of an- fining characteristics may be. As Brandes also points out, this re- acteristically Mediterranean complex involves lates to another bad habit we have, that of identifying it with a particular constellation of seeking out the exotic, the aspects of culture ideas of gender and sexuality.
Here he pro- that seem most different from the Anglo- vides a psychodynamic account of male diffi- Saxon pattern. Anthropologists should no culties in establishing a masculine identity, longer need to claim an exotic unity to the so- rather reminiscent of earlier global forays by cieties of the Mediterranean in order to justify Whiting. The boldness of his generalizations the importance of their study. Jean Cuisenicr and Martine Segalen. Que Sais-je? Paris: Presses difficulties, and from those wary of reduction- Universitaires de France, Carol Delaney takes a provocative ap- paper.
Veiled sentiments : honor and poetry in a Bedouin society
Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (updated with a new preface)