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    Tribal Social Evolution and Gender: Conflict in Urbanized Tribal Units

Tribal Social Evolution and Gender: Conflict in Urbanized Tribal Units

by Alanoud Alsharekh
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

The issue of assimilation and resistance into and against new cultures is a typical part of city life for urbanized tribal units across the Arabian Gulf States. The desire to embrace a metropolitan lifestyle […]

Gulf Nationalism and Invented Traditions

by Natalie Koch
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

Falconry is an important nationalist symbol in many countries, but perhaps nowhere does it figure so prominently in identity narratives as in the Gulf Arab states. Part of a broader romanticization of the Arabian […]

Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Gulf

by miriam cooke
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

During the past twenty years, tribes, tribal structures, functions and leadership have attracted the attention of writers in various disciplines, including anthropology, political science, pop psychology and business. Whereas social scientists argue over the […]

On Tribalism and Arabia

by Andrew Gardner, University of Puget Sound
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

The scholarly conversation about tribes and tribalism has been an integral feature of social anthropology since its nascence in the nineteenth century. Lewis Henry Morgan, one of anthropology’s founding fathers, delineated […]

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    The Political Decline and Social Rise of Tribal Identity in the GCC

The Political Decline and Social Rise of Tribal Identity in the GCC

by Steffen Hertog

In the pre-oil era, the states of the Arabian Peninsula were embryonic and social formations like tribes and merchant classes enjoyed high levels of collective autonomy. Oil-based state formation has reversed the pattern: states are omnipresent and social groups have become subservient to and dependent on them. The history of Arabian state-building is a history of the […]

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