‘Ammar, Hamid. Growing up in an Egyptian village: Silwa, Province of Aswan

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Title: Growing up in an Egyptian village: Silwa, Province of Aswan

Published By: London: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., 1954. xvii, 316 p.

By line: Hamed Ammar

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Fellahin (MR13)

Subjects: Real property (423); Division of labor by gender (462); Community structure (621); Tillage (241); Occupational specialization (463); Daily routine (512); Household (592); Status, role, and prestige (554); Real property (423); Childhood activities (857); Nuclear family (594); Visiting and hospitality (574); Extended families (596); Lineages (613); Territorial hierarchy (631); Settlement patterns (361); Cultural identity and pride (186); Kin relationships (602); Lineages (613); Techniques of socialization (861); Educational theory and methods (876); Marriage (580);

Abstract: This source is a study of the social and psychological aspects of education in the village community of Silwa. A discussion of the economy, social organization and religion is followed by an analysis of socialization from infancy to marriage and adulthood. Children's play, games and folk tales are described and analyzed in some detail. The appendices include results of psychological tests administered by the author. This is the first study of child training in a village community which is dominated by the Islamic tradition. (The author was born in Silwa and his personal connections permitted a high degree of participation in the community life.) Although the village is relatively isolated and conservative, influences from urban areas are being felt. The author includes a discussion of social change, especially the impact of modern schooling on the village culture. Throughout an interdisciplinary approach is used (anthropological, sociological and psychological).

Document Number: 1

Document ID: mr13-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1951

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist, Indigene-5

Analyst: Joan Steffens ; 1963

Coverage Date: 1900-1954

Coverage Place: Egypt

LCSH: Villages--Egypt--Case studies Silwa Bahari


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