Neopatriarchy: A Theory of Distorted Change in Arab Society

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Oxford University Press, Oct 29, 1992 - Political Science
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Focusing on the region of the Arab world--comprising some two hundred million people and twenty-one sovereign states extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf--this book develops a theory of social change that demystifies the setbacks this region has experienced on the road to transformation. Professor Sharabi pinpoints economic, political, social, and cultural changes in the last century that led the Arab world, as well as other developing countries, not to modernity but to neopatriarchy--a modernized form of patriarchy. He shows how authentic change was blocked and distorted forms and practices subsequently came to dominate all aspects of social existence and activity--among them militant religious fundamentalism, an ideology symptomatic of neopatriarchal culture. Presenting itself as the only valid option, Muslim fundamentalism now confronts the elements calling for secularism and democracy in a bitter battle whose outcome is likely to determine the future of the Arab world as well as that of other Muslim societies in Africa and Asia.
 

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Contents

Concept and Reality
3
2 Patriarchy and Modernity
15
3 The Social Formation of Neopatriarchy
26
4 The Structure and Relations of Neopatriarchy
40
5 The Sociohistorical Origins of Neopatriarchy
49
6 Neopatriarchy in the Age of Imperialism
61
7 The Neopatriarchal Discourse
84
8 Radical Criticism of Neopatriarchal Culture
104
9 The Final Phase
125
10 What Is To Be Done?
148
Notes
157
Bibliography
177
Index
187
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