Turkish society is now predominantly urban, and, in this context, villages are undergoing significant changes. The principal one is that they have become a resource. Until recently, the village - even if it had resources - was not looked on as such; rather, it was seen as a milieu with which people had to cope. This transformation, however, does not end there: the village has also become an object of desire.
De quelques transformations contemporaines des villages
Displacement and Desire amongst Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan
Morgen A. Chalmiers
demographic focus … [on] population growth’, policy-makers and multinational development organisations have rarely considered the why of wanting children, or what Inhorn refers to as ‘child desire’ (1996: 230). This article builds upon this work by asking
Constructions of Theft and Stealing
Ada I. Engebrigtsen
A proverb common in Romania, generally referring to gypsies, claims that 'your heart is not warm unless you steel'. During the author's fieldwork in a village in Transylvania it was, obvious, however, that the moral judgement on theft and stealing varies greatly according to context. The article discusses the social construction of theft in different empirical contexts and historical periods from wartime looting in India to theft of state property in Romania and how the definition and judgement in each case are embedded in social relations and social structures. The article's main objective is to unmask social relations of power and domination that are often hidden behind definitions and judgements concerning the acquisition of the property of others. Thus theft cannot be understood as either legal or moral; instead, it ties together the moral and the legal, the collective and the individual, objects and persons in different ways in different contexts.
Between the ‘Good Person’ and the ‘Bad Citizen’
demanded of its citizens in the early 1950s in the field of immigration absorption. I will make two central arguments. The first is that the state’s call for sacrifice from its citizens was in tension with its citizens’ desire as individuals to lead a
The Political Economy of Desire and Competing Matrimonial Emotions
. 2013 ) that highlights the ways in which making decisions connects individual sentiments and desires to structures of social ordering and different sources of authority. Decisions are the results of personality, past experiences, imaginations
believed that Russia should join the EU because of economic benefits (23 per cent), out of fear of remaining ‘on the margins of Europe’ (19 per cent) and due to a desire to reach the same standard of living and of democracy and human rights (18 per cent
, Theodor (Binyamin Ze’ev) Herzl ( Herzog 2010 ). Thus, in the Knesset at least, the law was purely an ethical act. One can think of many pragmatic implications of the law: its lack of ability to select the desired immigrants, future implications for the
Rhinoplasty and Identity in Tehran
Tehran currently hosts one of the largest rhinoplasty markets in the world, and rhinoplasty is the most sought after cosmetic surgery in the country. This article examines whether the rhinoplasty trend reflects a shift in Iranians' attitudes towards their ethnic and cultural identity. It is argued that fashion and beauty norms in Tehran are certainly informed by globalised images, but these are mediated by Iranian moralities of prestige, image consciousness and class awareness. Thus, while many of the persons interviewed described 'Iranian noses' as aesthetically inferior to 'European noses', their statements were not necessarily coupled with a desire to negate Iranian identity.
Setting the Context
Máiréad Nic Craith and Bernadette O'Rourke
Within the field of anthropology, there is a comprehensive linguistic sub-discipline which deals with issues from semiotics and linguistics to identity and intangible cultural heritage. This special volume of AJEC emerged from our desire to explore that sub-discipline in a European context. From our perspective, it appears that many anthropologists in and of Europe engage with a variety of questions within the sub-discipline. However, these anthropologists are not necessarily located in anthropology departments. Furthermore, their expertise is not necessarily profiled in anthropological journals. This is in sharp contrast with the U.S.A. where the significance of language in the field of anthropology is more clearly defined and profiled.
Lina Sayed, Ana Ghoreishian, and Leila Mouri
Shereen El-Feki (2013), Sex and Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World (London: Chatto and Windus), 345 pp., ISBN: 24681097531, £8.99.
Afsaneh Najmabadi (2013), Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Experimental Futures) (Durham, NC: Duke University Press), 450 pp., including 22 photographs + 2 tables, ISBN: 978-0- 8223-5557-1, U.S.$27.95 (pbk).
Samira Aghacy and Evelyne Accad (2009), Masculine Identity in the Fiction of the Arab East Since 1967 (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press), 232 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8156-3237-5, U.S.$34.95.