Abu-Lughod, Lila. Shifting politics in Bedouin love poetry

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Shifting politics in Bedouin love poetry

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Language and the politics of emotion, edited by Catherine Lutz and Lila Abu-Lughod

Published By: Original publisher Language and the politics of emotion, edited by Catherine Lutz and Lila Abu-Lughod Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press. 1990. 24-45 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Lila Abu-Lughod

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Libyan Bedouin (MT09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Acculturation and culture contact (177); Verbal arts (5310); Age stratification (561); Gender status (562); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Kin relationships (602); Sexuality (831);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article Abu-Lughod critiques studies that treat emotions as sui generis and dissociated from their social context, by showing how Bedouin love poetry has changed with changes in the political economy. Love poetry has been a legitimate form of emotional expression in contrast to the stoicism of everyday discourse which is constrained by a code of honor. Furthermore it is an expression of romantic love and freedom by youth and women in defiance of an overbearing patriarchal culture with its emphasis on agnatic ties. With the settlement of the Bedouin and the state's imposition of individual property rights, the power of tribal elders has increased. By 1985, it was mostly young men who sang and listened to poetry as a form of rebellion against their elders. According to Abu-Lughod, love poetry has always had a politcal context, challenging the authority of the patriarchal system, and giving expression to a coexistent egalitarian ethic.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 11

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. mt09-011

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 44-45)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1978-1987

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 1998

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1985

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Western Desert, Egypt

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Bedouins


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