States of Subsistence: The Politics of Bread in Contemporary Jordan (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and) (Paperback)

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States of Subsistence: The Politics of Bread in Contemporary Jordan (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and) (Paperback)

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On any given day in Jordan, more than nine million residents eat approximately ten million loaves of khubz 'arabi--the slightly leavened flatbread known to many as pita. Some rely on this bread to avoid starvation; for others it is a customary pleasure. Yet despite its ubiquity in accounts of Middle East politics and society, rarely do we consider how bread is prepared, consumed, discussed, and circulated--and what this all represents. With this book, Jos Ciro Mart nez examines khubz 'arabi to unpack the effects of the welfare program that ensures its widespread availability.

Drawing on more than a year working as a baker in Amman, Mart nez probes the practices that underpin subsidized bread. Following bakers and bureaucrats, he offers an immersive examination of social welfare provision. Mart nez argues that the state is best understood as the product of routine practices and actions, through which it becomes a stable truth in the lives of citizens. States of Subsistence not only describes logics of rule in contemporary Jordan--and the place of bread within them--but also unpacks how the state endures through forms, sensations, and practices amid the seemingly unglamorous and unspectacular day-to-day.

Product Details ISBN: 9781503631328
ISBN-10: 150363132X
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: April 12th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and