Imagined Masculinities: Male Identity and Culture in the Modern Middle East (Saqi Essentials)

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Writings on gender in the Middle East generally neglect issues of male identity. Arguing that masculinity is as socially constructed as femininity, the authors investigate the ways in which men are acting, reacting, and adapting to the structural upheaval of the “traditional” family.

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Writings on gender in the Middle East have tended to focus overwhelmingly on the status of women, on the rise of Islamist politics and veiling, and on the social construction of female identity. In the process issues of male identity in a region which has seen enormous social transformations over the past thirty years have been somewhat neglected. This book looks at the process by which stereotypical male identities get constructed, reproduced and contested in different parts of the Middle East.

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Mai Ghoussoub is the author of Leaving Beirut: Women and the Wars Within as well as numerous articles on culture, aesthetics and Middle Eastern issues for international journals.

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