Terrains d'Égypte, Anthropologies contemporaines

Abstract : This issue of Egypte/ Monde arabe first proves this: Fieldworks in Egypt are as numerous and varied as the researchers who clear their way in. These pages present the writing of anthropologists who have worked permanently in Egypt and highlight their different approaches to anthropological investigation. The variety of these approaches is related to the dispositions and inclinations of researchers. It seems to us that for most anthropologists it goes "without saying" that anthropology require work on the field. But "without saying much" as that the term "field" has not been defined. The relationships of researchers to their field(s) form as various survey methodologies than the objects of study.

Anthropologists can now claim "fieldwork" every space that they identify as an anthropological place. That this field is an oasis or fishers village, a social class or an urban community, a subway train crowded with anonymous or even within the physical and scriptural boundaries of a court, it is always the space of a relationship to the other with the prospect of social knowledge. A unit of time and space does not only define this field, it is also made up of all activities intended to provide an access to the aimed social milieus (reconnaissance, identification, delimitation and self-presentation works). Almost all social configurations can become "field" if they are subject to a specific investment of the researcher and his "informants" in terms of techniques, processes, and methods. No one dares speak of "methodologies" as there are vague, unclear, or even contradictory from one professional to another. Furthermore, as human and social beings studying other ones, this issue wonder about this specific form of relationship unto others, that is the anthropological relationship from which research forms and data from various natures collect are collected.

Thus, with regard to "Egypt-s" and their inhabitants, it is proposed to drive a reflection on the link between conditions of the social survey and empirical results to help clarify this obscure and little "speakable" in situ contemporary anthropologies processing.


Vincent Battesti et Nicolas Puig
Terrains d'Égypte: Introduction

Jean-Charles Depaule et Philippe Tastevin
Deux ethnologues dans le métro

Nicolas Puig
"La vie du musicien est comme la vapeur d'eau, elle monte et disparaît" (à propos de musiciens, de mariages et de citadins au Caire)

Barbara Drieskens (traduit de l'anglais par Vincent Battesti)
L'art de le dire : Une réflexion méthodologique sur les histoires de Djinns et autres sujets

Baudouin Dupret
L'enceinte égyptienne du droit. Activité juridique et contexte institutionnel

Nessim Henry Henein
Al-tasnît et al-zullîqa, deux techniques de chasse et de pêche du lac Manzala

Fanny Colonna
Du travail en surface. Réflexions sur une expérience de terrain " profondément superficielle "

Vincent Battesti
"Pourquoi j'irais voir d'en haut ce que je connais déjà d'en bas ?" Centralités et circulations: comprendre l'usage des espaces dans l'oasis de Siwa


Aymé Lebon
Le saint, le cheikh et la femme adultère: courrier du cœur adressé à l'imam al-Shâfi'î au Caire

Matthieu Fintz
Diaspora africaine, esclavage et Islam. À propos de Slavery on the Frontiers of Islam, Lovejoy Paul E. (dir.)
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Vincent Battesti, Nicolas Puig. Terrains d'Égypte, Anthropologies contemporaines. Vincent Battesti & Nicolas Puig. France. CEDEJ, pp.213, 2007, Égypte-Monde arabe, série 3, 2-905838-38-8. ⟨halshs-00122847⟩



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