Description - Colonial Effects by Joseph Massad
This book analyzes how modern Jordanian identity was created and defined. Massad studies two key institutions, the law and the military, and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of the making of modern Jordanian identity. The author engages recent scholarly debates on nationalism and richly fulfills the analytical promise of Michel Foucault's insight that modern institutions of power have productive, and not merely repressive or coercive, capacities. The argument is advanced by a consideration of evidence, including images produced by state tourist agencies aimed at attracting Western visitors, the changing and precarious position of women in the newly constructed national space, and such practices as soccer games, songs, dances, shifting accents and dialects, food, and clothes.
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Author Biography - Joseph Massad
Joseph A. Massad is assistant professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He won the Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award for this work from the Middle East Studies Association.