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Zenana: Everyday Peace in a Karachi Apartment Building

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Ethnic violence is a widespread concern, but we know very little about the micro-mechanics of coexistence in the neighborhoods around the world where inter-group peace is maintained amidst civic strife. In this ethnographic study of a multi-ethnic, middle-class high-rise apartment building in Karachi, Pakistan, Laura A. Ring argues that peace is the product of a relentless daily labor, much of it carried out in the zenana, or women's space. Everyday rhythms of life in the building are shaped by gender, ethnic and rural/urban tensions, national culture, and competing interpretations of Islam. Women's exchanges between households--visiting, borrowing, helping--and management of male anger are forms of creative labor that regulate and make sense of ethnic differences. Linking psychological senses of "tension" with anthropological views of the social significance of exchange, Ring argues that social-cultural tension is not so much resolved as borne and sustained by women's practices. Framed by a vivid and highly personal narrative of the author's interactions with her neighbors, her Pakistani in-laws, and other residents of the city, Zenana provides a rare glimpse into contemporary urban life in a Muslim society.

Synopsis:

A rare, intimate glimpse into the daily lives of middle-class women in urban Pakistan

About the Author

Laura A. Ring holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Note to the Reader

1. Introduction: The Zenana Revisited

2. A Day in the Life

3. Tension

4. Anger

5. Intimacy

6. Conclusion: Emotion and the Political Actor

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253218841
Subtitle:
Everyday Peace in a Karachi Apartment Building
Author:
Ring, Laura A.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Conflict management
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Intergroup relations - Pakistan - Karachi
Subject:
Conflict management - Pakistan - Karachi
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology; Asia; Ethnic; Islam; Religion; Social Science; South Asia; Women
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20061109
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 bandw photos
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.24 x 6.06 x 0.67 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Asia » Pakistan
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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