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Zachary Sheldon

The World in the City and the City in the World: Reading the Janet Abu-Lughod Library

[Book covers from the Janet Abu Lughod Library, Amman]

For a young scholar, a figure like Janet Abu-Lughod can seem almost impossibly prolific. Among the fields to which Abu-Lughod made celebrated contributions, we find urban sociology, world systems theory, studies of colonialism, and racial injustice (from Palestine, to the United States, to Morocco!), the history of Cairo, globalization, the politics of neighborhood preservation, and the cause of women in academia. Her refusal to compromise between breadth and depth seems to ...

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Zachary Sheldon

 Zachary Sheldon is a doctoral student in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. His work with Iraqis in Jordan and the United States has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and the American Center for Oriental Research. He is currently working towards his doctoral dissertation, which considers how national difference comes to matter for the everyday practices of urban life in contemporary Amman. Sheldon holds degrees from Tufts University (BA) and the University of Chicago (MA).