The practice of men swapping daughters for wives or nieces as daughters-in-law is evident among the Bedouin. Although this pattern has its roots in ancient Arab culture and is a unique exception to theories of exchange marriage (EM), there is little reference to the circumstances of its occurrence in the anthropological literature. This article reviews the background of and suggests explanations for this practice. EM is shown to be a strategy that largely serves the desire for upward mobility of small and hence lowly graded groups of agnates. The article demonstrates how EM operates in an olden 'urfi setting, dominated by patrilineages, while shar'i courts tend to oppose it. We argue that, although it entails structural implications, this behavioural pattern does not have a structural end.
'Urf, Shar'ia and State Law
Gideon M. Kressel and Khalil Abu-Rabi'a
Surveying the lack of pedagogical and theoretical diversity in American International Relations
Christopher R. Cook
field of Education this discussion has only just begun in political science and international relations (IR) specifically. For Education Studies internationalising the classroom has often meant teaching students to confront and understand the diversity
Ernesto López Portillo Vargas
*Full article is in Spanish
La (in)seguridad y la violencia actuales no tienen precedentes en su frecuencia y formatos en la historia posrevolucionaria de México. En reciente conversación con el espléndido historiador Jean Meyer, descubrí que podemos ir más allá en esta primera observación: los formatos de la violencia de hoy y la pérdida de los mecanismos informales de contención comunitaria, al parecer, no tienen antecedentes en nuestro devenir como nación independiente.
Engendering Letters in Early Modern Europe
Bianca F.-C. Calabresi
In the 1603 edition of James I’s Basilikon Doron, the epistle from James to Prince Henry ends with a characteristic conflation of paternal and royal identities in James’ printed signature – ‘Your loving Father, I.R.’ – which moves the king from intimacy to authority as much through the shift in form from upper and lower case letters to all capitals as it does in the shift in language from the vernacular to Latin.1 The seventeenth-century printer Joseph Moxon explains the rationale behind capitalizing certain words in print and not others
Ethnographic Explorations of Moral Economies across Europe
Sabine Strasser and Luisa Piart
For this special issue we are bringing together six ethnographic cases of intimate uncertainties that are situated within different regimes of reproduction, healthcare and borders in and beyond Europe. These ethnographic inquiries exemplify unprecedented settings of moral ir/responsibility shaping the intimate on different scales and in various sites of power (agencies, clinics, borderlands). These uncertainties in times of major transitions from old to new moral orders, from industrial to postindustrial, from welfare to austerity spark off a renewed debate on moral economy. The authors of these contributions all focus the theoretical lens of moral economy squarely onto the intimate.
Information literacy, the concept most associated with inculcating the attributes necessary to behave in a strategic, thoughtful and ethical manner in the face of a superfluity of information, has been part of the information specialist scene for many years. As the United Kingdom’s QAA benchmark statements for Politics and International Relations highlight, many of the competences associated with this concept are vital in the honourable struggle to become a successful graduate of those disciplines. This article presents a longitudinal study of a survey used to expose the information literacy levels of two groups of first-year Politics/IR students at a British university and, using the logic of ‘most similar design’, make informed inferences about the level of students’ information literacy on coming into tertiary education.
archaeological site in its political campaigns and cooperates with government agencies to ensure that the Jewish historical narrative is the only salient one in Israeli public consciousness ( Ir Amim 2012 ). It is no wonder that in 2017 the state honored Elad, a
Stacy M. K. George
study takes a closer look at the utility of religion (i.e., conservative Christianity) in the Tea Party. I apply Randall Collins’s (2004: 3 ) theory of “interaction ritual (IR) and interaction ritual chains” to explain the ‘situational experience’ in
A Vygotskian perspective
Luk Van Langenhove
research programs associated with social constructivism in international relations (IR) theory. However, social constructivist approaches to IR are often not much more than lip service paid to an approach that is now well-developed in other fields of social
Subjectification in Pilgrimage to the Iran-Iraq War Battlefields in Contemporary Iran
assumed subjectivities of RN visitors to the Iran-Iraq War battlefields, this article shows why RN is envisioned by the Islamic Republic (IR) as a pedagogical means for subject-formation, and, moreover, how space and subjectivity are co-produced at the