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Syrian episodes : sons, fathers, and an anthropologist in Aleppo

Author: John Borneman
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2013.
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When Princeton anthropologist the author arrived in Syria's second-largest city in 2004 as a visiting Fulbright professor, he took up residence in what many consider a "rogue state" on the frontline  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Borneman
ISBN: 9780691158037 0691158037 9780691128870 0691128871 9780691142166 0691142165
OCLC Number: 839314901
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Includes index.
Description: pages cm
Contents: List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xxix Chapter I: P Aleppo 1 "Prayer is better than sleep" 1 Imad's Japanese Girlfriend 7 Farce 11 "I would rather have children than fly" 13 "Once you love deeply, you never forget" 21 "My father says he saves for me" 23 "As long as she gets along with me, she will have no problems with my mother" 26 "Do you desire your mother?" 29 Traffic, or the Normal Order of Things 31 Preparing to Teach 42 Administrative Pleasantries 43 "But we are homophobic!" 52 "So, what do you think of Muslims?" 62 "I'd like to be the next president" 68 "The religious people see this and hate it, but they cannot turn it off" 74 "God will tell us when we have to do something" 84 "Kiss Daddy! Kiss Daddy!" 88 Chapter II: P The Souk 96 "Come into my shop and let me take you" 96 "Do you have a brother?" 100 "Ossi oder NorMAL?" 103 The Souk's Logic of Exchange 107 Fathers, Sons, Brothers, and Inheritance 112 Dream Collector 115 Dream of the Mistress 117 "How great is my disappointment when I see my dreams breaking down" 119 "Every woman thinks I only want to sleep with her" 123 Cell Phone, Cassettes, String Underwear 127 "That is fieldwork!" 128 "A father, perhaps a brother" 130 Fathers and Sons 145 "It is a blessing" 149 The Rumor 153 Chapter III: P Syria 156 "These are my children" 156 Aleppian Food, in Public 162 Obtaining an Exit Visa 166 The Ba'ath Party 169 Student Radicals 175 Teaching Anthropology and American Culture 178 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 187 Wild Dog Attack 190 Chapter IV: P Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Syria 192 Pedagogy 192 Lectures 194 Films 196 Coda: January 2006 200 Further Reading 225 Index 233
Responsibility: John Borneman.


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"First of all, the book is gorgeously written. Second, it is the anthropology of experience rather than the anthropology of abstruse theory."--Martin Peretz, New Republic "Vivid detail fills Syrian Read more...

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