Bedouin "abjection"

World heritage, worldliness, and worthiness at the margins of Arabia

Nathalie Peutz

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    In Yemen's Soqotra Archipelago, during the years immediately preceding and following its inscription in 2008 as a UNESCO World Heritage site-and at a time when "Bedouinness" in much of the Arab world had been or was being elevated to a marketable heritage-Soqotran pastoralists spoke frequently of being Bedouin as a form of categorical abjection. Examining the work of these iterations, I argue that "Bedouin abjection" is a form of dialogic critique of the "global hierarchy of value" and an ironic assessment of the Soqotran pastoral present. I further assert that anthropologists must be attentive to the universal resonances of these abject articulations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)338-360
    Number of pages23
    JournalAmerican Ethnologist
    Volume38
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1 2011

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    Keywords

    • Abjection
    • Bedouin
    • Global hierarchy of value
    • Soqotra Archipelago.
    • World Heritage
    • Yemen

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    • Anthropology

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    Bedouin "abjection" : World heritage, worldliness, and worthiness at the margins of Arabia. / Peutz, Nathalie.

    In: American Ethnologist, Vol. 38, No. 2, 01.05.2011, p. 338-360.

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