9.1 Mediterranean Incarnate – Anthro of the Mediterranean today

The introduction of “The Mediterranean Incarnate” engages with some of concepts and theories about the study of the Mediterranean that we have done in this course. The intro wants to make a case that the Mediterranean as a unit of cultural relatedness is not dead. What does the author suggest as an appropriate lens for studying the Mediterranean today? (read especially section on “A Transnational Community of Disagreement” p.12)

Week 5.2 Lila Abu-Lughod – Reproduction & Honor and Shame

Focussing on one of the assigned chapters for this week (Chapter 3, Reproduction or Chapter 5, Honor and Shame), discuss how the stories show how each of these institutions (norms around reproduction; the honor and shame norms) are reproduced in everyday practices. How are the women in the book also challenging or reframing these institutions through their practices? How do these women express their agency?