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Crafting Masculine Selves: Culture, War, and Psychodynamics in Afghanistan

Andrea Chiovenda


Crafting Masculine Selves represents a journey into the culture and psychological dynamics of a select group of Afghan Pashtun men. The book is based on eighteen months of fieldwork in a volatile area of Afghanistan, adjoining the border with Pakistan, carried out between 2009 and 2013. In addition to participant observation, the author employed a person-centered ethnographic methodology, wherein he conducted long-term, one-on-one interview sessions with four male individuals, and analyzed four additional life trajectories. The book unveils and chronicles how the creation and use of multiple s ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, Pashtun, war, Taliban, cultural idioms, masculinity, clinical ethnography, multiple subjectivities, dissociation, cultural change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190073558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190073558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Chiovenda, author
Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School