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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520201019
ISBN-10: 0520201019
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 363
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 23-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Andrew Shryock

Andrew Shryock is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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