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A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra, Volume I

A Mesography of an Indigenous Polity in Yemen

Authors: Elie, Serge D.

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  • Presents a new fieldwork-based research model for the multidisciplinary practice of qualitative research, complicating the disciplinary practice of “ethnography”
  • Provides a concrete illustration of the operational mechanisms of state governance in Yemen, especially in the light of external organizations (IGOs and NGOs)
  • Explains Soqotra’s socio-cultural features, historicizes the people-environmental nexus, and proves the bases of an alternative approach to conservation and development in Soqotra 
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This two-volume book offers a panoramic explanatory narrative of Soqotra Island’s rediscovery based on the global significance of its endemic biodiversity. This rediscovery not only engendered Soqotra’s protective environmental supervision by United Nations agencies, but also the intensification of its bureaucratic incorporation and political subordination by Yemen’s mainland national government. Together, the two volumes provide a “total” community study based on an historically contextualized and analytically detailed portrait of the Soqotran community via a multi-layered narrative the author terms a “mesography.” The first volume, A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra, Volume I: A Mesography of an Indigenous Polity in Yemen, situates the author’s study within the emergent configuration of the structures of knowledge production in the social sciences before moving onto a systematic identification of the constitutive aspects, pivotal vectors, and historical contexts of Soqotra’s transitioning polity. The second volume, A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra, Volume II: Cultural and Environmental Annexation of an Indigenous Community, explores how cultural modernization in the light of environmental annexation transforms communal possibilities, development models, environmental values, conservation priorities, cultural practices, economic aspirations, language preferences, livelihood choices, and other key social norms. The two volumes lay the social scientific foundations for the study of Soqotrans as an island-based indigenous community.


About the authors

Serge D. Elie holds a D.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, UK. He is a former policy research consultant and former development professional at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He is currently an independent scholar engaged in the practice of a post-exotic anthropology that relies on mesography as an alternative method to ethnography. His interests include state-community relations, development and environment articulation, communities in transition, state and polity formation processes, pastoralism, research method development and theory formation practices. 


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“Dr. Serge D. Elie’s remarkable tour de force is both a rich multi-layered ‘mesographic’ narrative about Soqotran and Yemeni communal polities in constant transition and a stunning rebuttal to Eurocentric conventions of knowledge production. By advocating a new ‘ethic of reciprocity,’ A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra offers a rich ‘portrait’ of the necessarily co-dependent, decades-long relationship between scholar and indigenous collaborators. By advocating moving beyond the ‘West-Rest Antinomy’ so prevalent in the discipline, Dr. Elie promises readers a vital curative to generations of anthropology of Yemen.”

—Isa Blumi, Associate Professor, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden, and author of Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World (2018)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra, Volume I
Book Subtitle
A Mesography of an Indigenous Polity in Yemen
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45638-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45638-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-45637-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LXV, 407
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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