This week, The Times Of India’s cultural anthropology department will publish a book called Cultural Humbug: An Anthropological Exploration of the Egyptian Culture in Crisis.
The book is being edited by Pankaj Gupta, professor of cultural anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Gupta said that in a context of increasing inequality and political instability, there is a need to explore the culture and language of the people living in the Middle East.
“The people living there are living in an age of crisis,” he said.
“People are in shock and fear, and they are seeking answers.”
It is a very difficult time to be a citizen of the Middle Eastern world, said Gupta.
There is a sense of insecurity and isolation.
People are living without hope and dignity.
The problem is not a lack of resources or infrastructure, Gupta said, but rather the lack of culture.
The Middle East is very rich with a rich array of cultural expressions.
Gupta, who is also the executive director of the African-American Studies Program at the Center for African American Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, said he is trying to tap into that rich richness.
“I wanted to get a sense about the cultures of the region,” he added.
“What are their social structures, their political systems, their economic systems, what are the issues that are in the region today, and how do we help to develop those systems?”
I wanted people to think about these issues and not just take the easy path of just assuming that everything is going to be okay.
We are dealing with a crisis of identity and the culture of the nation.
We need to understand how to address the issues of inequality and exclusion in a way that is culturally appropriate.
“In the Middle Ages, people lived in relative harmony. “
It is a time when there is growing concern about inequality in the Arab world and a growing sense of anxiety,” he wrote in an interview.
“In the Middle Ages, people lived in relative harmony.
Today, people have become increasingly isolated and marginalized, especially as they have become the victims of war and conflict.
But I hope that I can provide a glimpse of what is going on there.
I want to help people understand the ways in which they are experiencing that kind of isolation and oppression.”
Gupta said the book will explore the importance of culture in both the Middle east and the West.
He said that the Middle West and North Africa is the most economically powerful region in the world.
But there is also a growing awareness in the West that the culture is in decline and is a source of economic instability and insecurity.
“We have to be aware that the arts are the engine of prosperity, but the economy is also very important in terms of the health of society and how people are able to manage and move forward,” he explained.
“Cultural life is vital for a democracy, but it also has the potential to create a culture that is resilient and can withstand challenges and threats.”
As the world is grappling with the challenges of climate change, water crises, hunger and rising levels of economic inequality, there are increasing calls for cultural anthropology to be at the forefront of this dialogue.
Gupta has been working with a team of scholars from the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
In recent years, he has helped to establish the Middle-East Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins.
“This is a project that we have been trying to build since 2012,” he told The Times.
“There is an opportunity to bring people together and to provide them with information about the history and the cultures in the middle east.”