Arabic, Self and Identity: A Study in Conflict and Displacement

Paperback | August 24, 2011

byYasir Suleiman

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Arabic, Self, and Identity uses autoethnography, autobiography, and a detailed study of names to investigate the links between conflict and displacement, and between the Self and group identity. In the process it raises questions about trauma and globalization, underscoring the complex rolesof language and identity in society.Yasir Suleiman frames his findings against a far-reaching critique of the dominant, correlational approach in Arabic sociolinguitics. He argues that this approach does not sufficiently explore the link between language and the major narratives of identity and conflict in the Middle East. Instead headvocates for combining this approach with qualitative studies that are nevertheless aware of the limits of interpretation and the positionality of the researcher. This combined endeavor, Suleiman says, can generate a richer understanding of the sociopolitical underpinnings of language, and help tobridge the gaps between the various disciplines that converge on language as a field of investigation and analysis.

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Arabic, Self, and Identity uses autoethnography, autobiography, and a detailed study of names to investigate the links between conflict and displacement, and between the Self and group identity. In the process it raises questions about trauma and globalization, underscoring the complex rolesof language and identity in society.Yasir Sul...

Yasir Suleiman is Professor of Modern Arabic Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.79 inPublished:August 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199747008

ISBN - 13:9780199747009

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Seven Fault Zones and Beyond: Some Methodological Considerations3. Arabic, Self and Autoethnography4. Arabic, Self and Displacement5. Names, Identity and Conflict6. ConclusionBibliographyIndex