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This important volume rethinks the traditional parameters of Middle East studies and the dominant trends in scholarship on Israel and Palestine by focusing on popular culture--from the internet to music videos, tourism to advertising, comics to cafe culture. The essays in this collection challenge the idea that the production and consumption of culture is peripheral to history and politics. They demonstrate that attention to popular culture yields deeper and more nuanced accounts of politics and power. Further, the contributors consider Israel and Palestine not as discrete national entities but rather in relation to one another, as mutually constituted within regional and global political, economic, and cultural processes. Scholars from the fields of history, sociology, ethnomusicology, literary studies, anthropology, and political science look at how narratives of occupation and resistance circulate in popular culture in Israel and the occupied territories and in the broader regional and global spheres. They contemplate Israeli films of the 1980s and 1990s, Palestinian underground music, Israeli tourism to Palestinian villages, the rendering of the conflict in journalist Joe Sacco's graphic novel Palestine, urban life in nineteenth-century Jerusalem, the use of the internet in Palestinian refugee camps, and more. Together, these essays signal broader approaches and new conceptual paradigms within which the cultural politics of Palestine and Israel might be understood. Contributors Livia Alexander Carol Bardenstein Elliot Colla Amy Horowitz Laleh Khalili Mary Layoun Mark Levine Joseph Massad Melani McAlester Ilan Pappe Rebecca L. Stein Ted Swedenburg Salim Tamari

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822335160
ISBN-10: 0822335166
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ted Swedenburg

Rebecca L. Stein is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She is a coeditor of The Struggle for Sovereignty in Palestine and Israel (forthcoming).Ted Swedenburg is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is the author of Memories of Revolt: The 1936-39 Rebellion and the Palestinian National Past and a coeditor of Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity, also published by Duke University Press.