Janet L. Abu-lughod – USA

She is professor emerita of sociology of Northwestern University and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, has been writing about and studying cities for more than fifty years. Her books include From Urban Village to East Village: The Battle for New York’s Lower East Side; Changing Cities: Urban Sociology; Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350; Rabat: Urban Apartheid in Morocco; and Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious, among many other publications. In 1999 she received the Robert and Helen Lynd Award (American Sociological Association, Section on Community and Urban Sociology) for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study of cities. (Read more on beHeard.com).

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Some of her Books:

Writing Women’s Worlds, Bedouin Stories, by Lila Abu Lughod. Publisher Comments: In 1978 Lila Abu-Lughod climbed out of a dusty van to meet members of a small Awlad ‘Ali Bedouin community. Living in this Egyptian Bedouin settlement for extended periods during the following decade, Abu-Lughod took part in family life, with its moments of humor, affection, and anger. She witnessed striking changes, both cultural and economic, and she recorded the stories of the women. Writing Women’s Worlds is Abu-Lughod’s telling of those stories; it is also about what happens in bringing the stories to others.

As the new teller of these tales Abu-Lughod draws on anthropological and feminist insights to construct a critical ethnography. She explores how the telling of these stories challenges the power of anthropological theory to render adequately the lives of others and the way feminist theory appropriates Third World women. Writing Women’s Worlds is thus at once a vivid set of stories and a study in the politics of representation. (Read more on Powell.com).

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Some press-voices about her book ‘New York, Chicago, Los Angeles’, America’s Global Cities, by Janet L. Abu-Lughod: Excerpt … Janet L. Abu-Lughod’s book is the first to compare them in an ambitious in-depth study that takes into account each city’s unique history, following their development from their earliest days to their current status as players on the global stage … New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are more than global players: they are also home to forty million people. Abu-Lughod closes the book with a set of vignettes that captures the cities’ differences as perceived by one who has lived in them. Bringing together the local and the global in thoroughly unexpected and enlightening ways, this important volume offers fascinating insight into these vital urban centers … Janet L. Abu-Lughod’s book is the first to compare these cities in an ambitious in-depth study that takes into account each city’s unique history, following their development from their earliest days to their current status as players on the global state … A masterful comparative history of the three cities. Abu-Lughod’s scholarship is impeccable and her book extremely well written, John Friedmann, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, author of Endangered Dreams and The Dream Endures … (Read all the rest on Univ. of Minnesota Press).

Her contribution to ‘Sociology for the Twenty-first Century’, Cloth $55.00sc 0-226-00191-1 Fall 1999; Paper $21.00sp 0-226-00193-8 Fall 1999 – These original essays by eminent sociologists probe issues of central importance to North American societies in the twenty-first century. (See press.uchicago.edu).
Review of her contribution of chapter five: Continuities and Cutting Edges, pp. 83-93, by Joel H. LevineProfessor of Mathematical Social SciencesDartmouth CollegeHanover, New Hampshire 03755joel.Prof. AbuLughod’s suggested title carries double content. It is, on the surface, a question about the direction in which quantitative work in sociology will move at the beginning of the new millennium. It is also an invitation to discuss the tension in sociology that characterizes the end of the present millennium, the tension between “numbers” and … , and what? Like C.P. Snow in his “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution”, I’m not sure what label to use for the other side. There are the numbers people, and there are those who are defined by their contrast to the numbers people. I raise the matter of this tension here, at the beginning, in order to make the keypoint clear: The key point is that meaning lies in numbers. More precisely, meaning lies in the equations when those equations are closely related to data. In sociology it will be more true than for some of the natural sciences that meaning will lie in the equations. Would that sociology could be easier. Would that pure mind, rhetoric, and verbal exchange could steer a true course through obstacles that are difficult to penetrate by data, by numbers, and by method. But it is not so. In the words of Emile Durkheim’s Rules of Sociological Method, written at the beginning of the century now closing: … In the present state of the discipline we do not really know the nature of the principal social institutions, such as the state or the family … Yet it suffices to glance through the works of sociology to see how … it is believed that one is capable, in a few pages or a few sentences, of penetrating to the inmost essence of the most complex phenomena. This means that such theories express, not the facts, which could not be so swiftly fathomed, but the preconceptions of the author before he began his research. Emile Durkheim in the preface to the second edition of The Rules of Sociological Method, 1901, Halls Translation, Free Press, 1982, page 38. (Read more on the html version of this file).



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