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anonymous asked:

Hello! I was wondering if you could recommend articles or books for someone who is not an anthropologist but would love to be one. It could be of any topic, but friendly towards someone who doesn't have an advance knowledge in this study field. Maybe you could recommend your favorite first articles/books that made you fall in love more with anthropology when you were just starting to study it. Thank you! P.s. I LOVE your blog; I have learned so much and it's really entertaining 😊

Thank you!! This is a tough question, and I hope others comment some other sources. 

Geertz, Clifford. 1973. “Thick description: Toward an interpretive theory of culture.” In The interpretation of cultures. 

Geertz, Clifford. 1974. “‘From the native’s point of view’: On the nature of anthropological understanding.” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 28 (1): 26-45. 

Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1922. “Introduction.” In Argonauts of the Western Pacific. 

Farmer, Paul. 1996. “On suffering and structural violence: A view from below.” Daedalus 125 (1): 261-283. 

Abu-Lughod, Lila. 2002. “Do Muslim women really need saving? Anthropological reflections on cultural relativism and its Others.” American Anthropologist 104 (3): 783-790. 

Foucault, Michel. 1976. The history of sexuality

Chomsky, Noam and Edward S. Herman. 1998. Manufacturing consent. 

Chomsky, Noam. 2016. Who rules the world? 

Mead, Margaret. 1928. Coming of age in Samoa. 

Bohannan, Laura. 1961. “Shakespeare in the bush.” Natural History. 

Said, Edward. 1978. “Introduction.” In Orientalism. 

The Combahee River Collective. 1977. “A Black feminist statement.” 

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1992. “Price formation and the anticipation of profits.” In Language and symbolic power. 

Duggan, Lisa. 2003. “Introduction” and “Equality, Inc.” In The twilight of equality? 

Harris, Marvin. 1976. “History and significance of the emic/etic distinction.” Annual Review of Anthropology 5: 329-350. 

Benedict, Ruth. 1934. Patterns of culture. 

These are in no particular order. Just the order I remembered them. 

Any article you can look at that’s from a major anthro journal like American Anthropologist or American Ethnologist or things like that is also good. A lot of the ones I want to recommend are actually from queer theory, not anthropology. I tried limiting it to that field specifically. Actually I lied some are queer theory good luck figuring out which. 

Anything by any of these authors is also worthy. 

You may be able to find a lot of these as PDFs online but you didn’t hear it from me. 

Edit: you can also find films or short videos featuring a lot of these people, especially Chomsky

I used to feel torn when I received the e-mail petitions circulating for the last few years in defense of Afghan women under the Taliban, I was not sympathetic to the dogmatism of the Taliban; I do not support the oppression of women, But the provenance of the campaign worried me, I do not usually find myself in political company with the likes of Hollywood celebrities, I had never received a petition from such women defending the right of Palestinian women to safety from Israeli bombing or daily harassment at check-points, asking the United States to reconsider its support for a government that had dispossessed them, closed them out from work and citizenship rights, refused them the most basic freedoms. Maybe some of these same people might be signing petitions to save African women from genital cutting, or Indian women from dowry deaths,However, I do not think that it would be as easy to mobilize so many of these American and European women if it were not a case of Muslim men oppressing Muslim women—women of cover for whom they can feel sorry and in relation to whom they can feel smugly superior.
—  Lila Abu-Lughod, Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?

anonymous asked:

Could you share your reading list?

- Orlando, Virginia Woolf
- Decreation, Anne Carson
- Loose Woman, Sandra Cisneros
- Modesty and the Poetry of Love, Lila Abu-Lughod
- The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante
- Perfumes, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez
- Wanderlust, Rebecca Solnit
- People of the Sea: Identity and Descent among the Vezo of Madagascar, Rita Astuti
- The Rebel’s Silhouette, Faiz Ahmed Faiz & Agha Shahid Ali
- The Iraqi Nights, Dunya Mikhail
- Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, Joseph Campbell
- Talking Films: Conversations On Hindi Cinema With Javed Akhtar, Javed Akhtar
- The Pre-Raphaelite Language of Flowers, Debra Mancoff
- Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, Mary Ruefle
- On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal, Mary Taylor Simeti
- Andal: Autobiography of a Goddess, Priya Sarukkai Chabria

That’s it for the upcoming month (if I can find all the books!) x


“Because of the terms in which Muslim women’s lives are represented and debated in the West, no book about women in the Muslim world can avoid confronting the question of how to think about choice and what it means to assert freedom as the ultimate value. I return again and again to these issues that lie at the heart of the nature of the matter. Born into families, we all find ourselves in particular social worlds. We are placed in certain social classes and communities in specific countries at distinct historical moments. Our desires are forged in these conditions and our choices are limited by them.”

Lila Abu-Lughod, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

anonymous asked:

Can you please give a list of your (personally) highly recommended reads (non-fiction)? Thank you.

There are so many, oh my God. The following is by no means comprehensive as I am away from my book shelf right now and am just listing things off the top of my head -

- Anything by Edward Said, Hamid Dabashi and Eqbal Ahmad.
- The End of America by Naomi Wolf
- Feminism and War: Confronting US Empire by Chandra Mohanty et al
- Do Muslim Women need Saving? By Lila Abu-Lughod
- I’m reading Pankaj Mishra’s From Ruins to Empire right now and it’s pretty nice
- Human Rights and Empire by Costas Douzinas

I can’t do this. I am leaving out so much I am sorry.

Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others

Finding this useful as I develop an article about the limitations of liberal feminism in Nursing.

“I do not know how many feminists who felt good about saving Afghan women from the Taliban are also asking for a global redistribution of wealth or contemplating sacrificing their own consumption radically so that African or Afghan women could have some chance of having what I do believe should be a universal human right—the right to freedom from the structural violence of global inequality and from the ravages of war, the everyday rights of having enough to eat, having homes for their families in which to live and thrive, having ways to make decent livings so their children can grow, and having the strength and security to work out, within their communities and with what- ever alliances they want, how to live a good life, which might very well include changing the ways those communities are organized”

Lila Abu Lughod