Description - Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination by Andrew Shryock
This text explores the transition from oral to written history now taking place in tribal Jordan, a transition which reveals the many ways in which modernity, literate historicity and national identity are developing in the contemporary Middle East. The world the Bedouin inhabit is rich in oral tradition and historical argument, in subtle reflections on the nature of truth and its relationship to poetics, textuality and power. Blending anthropology and history, the book discusses the substance of tribal history through the eyes of its creators - those who sustain an older tradition of authoritative oral history and those who have experimented with the first written accounts.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Andrew Shryock
Andrew Shryock is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Buffalo.