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Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin Hardcover – 15 Jul 2008


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"[This book] make[s] important points . . . Ewing exposes the obsessive preoccupation of Europeans with Muslim gender roles. A thinly concealed racism is indeed often behind feminist rhetoric adopted by individuals and groups who all too commonly ignore homegrown misogyny. "Stolen Honor" is valuable because it gives an account of this phenomenon in a German context."Deborah Gorham, "Men and Masculinities""

"Ewing brings a fresh perspective to the literature on Muslim immigrants in Europe by shifting her research focus from their cultural and religious characteristics to the national imagery of the majority population . . . This book should be required reading for graduate students to develop a critical eye for the literature on Muslim minorities in the West."Ahmet Yukleyen, "Journal of Anthropological Research""

"Katherine Pratt Ewing's "Stolen Honor" provides an interesting and original approach to analysis of discourses of Islam in Europe by focusing on construction of Muslim masculinity in Germany . . . [The] book is particularly valuable in its interdisciplinary perspective."Beverly M. Weber, "H-Net Reviews.""

"This is a highly original book that must be read by anyone interested in Muslims in Europe. Ewing flips the usual questions about discourses on honor and the 'oppression' of Muslim women to focus on their obverse: the stigmatization of Muslim men. Brilliantly linking media representations to the social worlds of Turkish origin men in Germany, she provides, ultimately, a devastating analysis of the fantasies that animate the German national imaginary."Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University, author of "Writing Women's Worlds" and "Dramas of Nationhood""

"Considering the case of Turkish Muslims in Germany, Ewing's inventive exploration of fear, stereotypes, assimilation, community, conflict, and cultural discourses should be mandatory reading. The processes she uncovers are of central relevance in the world today."Aisha Khan, New York University"

About the Author

Katherine Pratt Ewing is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Religion at Duke University. She is the author of Arguing Sainthood: Modernity, Psychoanalysis and Islam and the editor of Being and Belonging: Muslims in the US since 9/11.

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book and important read for people interested in muslim minorities in europe 14 Dec. 2008
By northern anthropologist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i usually do not write reviews, but am spurred to do so by the only other review, which i feel is unduly harsh and disregards what this book accomplishes.
this book is an important one, addressing a vexing and necessary issue given our contemporary political climate, and doing so in a manner (with little jargon, fluidly written) so as to be accessible to many.
the author draws on a series of texts (written, films, newsmedia reports) to discuss and demonstrate the pervasive stereotyping of Muslim-Turkish men in German society and popular consciousness, stereotyping that the author ably demonstrates has a long-standing historical genealogy. these issues are necessary and legitimate issues for anthropologists to address.
6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars misunderstood everything 24 Oct. 2008
By Ayse Duru - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the worst book you can find on topics such as Turkish migrants in Germany, gender relations and migration in contemporary Europe, and more specifically, Turkish masculinities in Germany.
The author, a tenured professor of anthropology, does not present an original research throughout the book, instead she talks about the discourses circulated by the German mass media about issues such as the migrant family in Germany, honor killings and Islam, and the conservative 'German Leitkultur'. But, basically, why do we need her translation-interpretation of media appearings of these issues? What is her point of engagement, what is her connection to Germany, Turks, or the subject specifically? What is her critical-analytical contribution to the subjects she tries to address?
You can not find answers here to these very basic, essential questions for an anthropology book.
The book is marketed, and consciously put a make-up, as if it is about masculinities. The thing is, Ewing does not know anything about the whole field of masculinity studies and she did not read any of the works that lead this field since its inception. She even does not understand or employ the very basic Connellian concepts and analysis.
Very simple: This book is not about masculinities! Furthermore, Ewing does not have a decent interest in the subject in the book except some 'tags' she purposefully put in certain sections of the book in order to entrap the curious reader.
If you are interested in masculinity studies and well-researched, well-written ethnographies you need to search for other books than this. Let's forget it.
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