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Territories of Desire: A geography of competing intimacies in Cairo


Kreil, Aymon (2016). Territories of Desire: A geography of competing intimacies in Cairo. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, 12(2):166-180.

Abstract

This article addresses multiple paths of desire in Egypt. To date, research has mainly focused on the family as the realm of intimacy. To understand desire, it is important to take into account other contexts that contribute to shaping experience. Conversations about sex among men in coffee shops are contrasted with family discourses as a symbolic locus for alternative modes shaping intimacy in homosocial circles. The hierarchy of truth whereby confessions are supposed to give insight into subjects’ core feelings are reassessed, allowing the sketching of a geography of competing intimacies that outline the coordinates of masculine desire.

Abstract

This article addresses multiple paths of desire in Egypt. To date, research has mainly focused on the family as the realm of intimacy. To understand desire, it is important to take into account other contexts that contribute to shaping experience. Conversations about sex among men in coffee shops are contrasted with family discourses as a symbolic locus for alternative modes shaping intimacy in homosocial circles. The hierarchy of truth whereby confessions are supposed to give insight into subjects’ core feelings are reassessed, allowing the sketching of a geography of competing intimacies that outline the coordinates of masculine desire.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
290 Other religions
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:04 Aug 2016 07:06
Last Modified:04 Aug 2016 07:06
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISSN:1552-5864
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-3507617

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