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Amours à Mascate. Espaces, rôles de genre et représentations intimes chez les jeunes (sultanat d'Oman)

Abstract : This research focuses on courtship and representations of love among young adults in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, concerning the social transformations that occurred since the 1970s. Through the observation of different spaces of the city, the thesis presents various types of encounters between young people, in order to analyze how a “geography of distance" is set up. The prohibition of an out-of-wedlock relationship places flirtation in a space-time of secrecy, which the online sphere strengthens. The Internet also participates in the sublimation of the beloved and announces the entry into the “love career”, a status by which the individual recognizes his feelings and builds intimacy and trust with the other. Love is also analyzed as an object of speech and transmission. With the observation of the conditions of marriage, the thesis also analyzes the outlines of the ideal spouse in relation with the national policies of the family and the couple, but also through the discourse of elders and religious and academic institutions. A distinction appears between two categories called “love marriage” of “traditional marriage”. By analyzing the contexts of their evocation, these categories reveal issues of reputation or class belonging. Finally, love is analyzed in its representational and symbolic dimension, through weddings and Valentine's Day celebrations. These “shows of love” highlight the cosmopolitan aspect of the Mascatis youth love experiences.
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Marion Breteau. Amours à Mascate. Espaces, rôles de genre et représentations intimes chez les jeunes (sultanat d'Oman). Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Aix-Marseille Université, 2020. Français. ⟨tel-02488718⟩



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