Home and Homeland: The Dialogics of Tribal and National Identities in Jordan Linda L. Layne

ISBN: 9781400820986

Published: February 18th 1994

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208 pages


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Home and Homeland: The Dialogics of Tribal and National Identities in Jordan  by  Linda L. Layne

Home and Homeland: The Dialogics of Tribal and National Identities in Jordan by Linda L. Layne
February 18th 1994 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 208 pages | ISBN: 9781400820986 | 5.21 Mb

In this provocative examination of collective identity in Jordan, Linda Layne challenges long-held Western assumptions that Arabs belong to easily recognizable corporate social groups. Who is a true Jordanian? Who is a true Bedouin? TheseMoreIn this provocative examination of collective identity in Jordan, Linda Layne challenges long-held Western assumptions that Arabs belong to easily recognizable corporate social groups.

Who is a true Jordanian? Who is a true Bedouin? These questions, according to Layne, are examples of a kind of pigeonholing that has distorted the reality of Jordanian national politics. In developing an alternate approach, she shows that the fluid social identities of Jordan emerge from an ongoing dialogue among tribespeople, members of the intelligentsia, Hashemite rulers, and Western social scientists.Many commentators on social identity in the Middle East limit their studies to the village level, but Laynes goal is to discover how the identity-building processes of the locality and of the nation condition each other.

She finds that the tribes create their own cultural homes through a dialogue with official nationalist rhetoric and Jordanian urbanites, while King Hussein, in turn, maintains the idea of the homeland in ways that are powerfully influenced by the tribespeople. The identities so formed resemble the shifting, irregular shapes of postmodernist land-scapes--but Hussein and the Jordanian people are also beginning to use a classically modernist linear narrative to describe themselves.

Layne maintains, however, that even with this change Jordanian identities will remain resistant to all-or-nothing descriptions.



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