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By Lara Deeb, Jessica Winegar

ISBN-10: 0804781230

ISBN-13: 9780804781237

U.S. involvement within the heart East has introduced the sector into the media highlight and made it a scorching subject in American collage study rooms. while, anthropology—a self-discipline dedicated to on-the-ground learn approximately daily lives and social worlds—has more and more been criticized as "useless" or "biased" by means of right-wing forces. What occurs whilst the 2 matters meet, whilst such accusations goal the researchers and learn of a sector so vital to U.S. army interests?

This e-book is the 1st educational research to shed serious mild at the political and monetary pressures that form how U.S. students examine and train in regards to the heart East. Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar express how heart East politics and U.S. gender and race hierarchies impact students throughout their careers—from the 1st judgements to behavior study within the tumultuous sector, to ongoing politicized pressures from colleagues, scholars, and outdoors teams, to hurdles in sharing services with the general public. They aspect how academia, even inside anthropology, an assumed "liberal" self-discipline, is infused with sexism, racism, Islamophobia, and Zionist obstruction of any feedback of the Israeli country. Anthropology's Politics deals a fancy portrait of the way educational politics eventually hinders the schooling of U.S. scholars and in all probability limits the public's entry to severe wisdom concerning the heart East.

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And so the relationship between the United States and between the Middle East . . becomes of very strategic importance, and everyone begins to discuss it and analyze it. . And I felt a real investment in having a stake in these discussions, but also in making sure that we do not fall into the trap of playing into Bin Laden’s rhetoric of the jihad against the “evil, American empire” and Bush’s rhetoric of “You’re with us or you’re against us,” and Samuel Huntington’s discourse of the clash of civilizations, etc.

Students have also received FLAS funding to attend CASA as well as other programs in the region and summer language schools in the United States. The same is true for Middlebury; that Arabic program launched in another significant year: 1982, on the heels of the US-Iran hostage crisis and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. In 2006, a few years into the War on Terror, the US Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship, funded by its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, began funding participation in Arabic immersion programs in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, and Oman.

Chapter 1 addresses how individuals become scholars. Through analysis of life histories, we track patterns in how people chose anthropology and the Middle East as fields of study and discuss the gendered, racialized, classed, and generational aspects of these patterns, especially as these result from scholars’ efforts to navigate tensions emerging from national and global politics. Chapter 2’s focus is academic professionalization and socialization. Using interview and other data related to graduate school and job market experiences, we show how anthropologists of MENA learn to navigate gendered and racialized disciplinary and academic frameworks for legitimizing (or delegitimizing) scholarly work.

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