Dance and Authenticity in Israel and Palestine: Performing the Nation

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 335 pages
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"Dance and Authenticity" is an ethnography of dance performance and cultural form. It describes how "dabkeh," a type of dance performed at Palestinian weddings, became a model for the Israeli Jewish "debkah" as a means of affirming Israeli Jewish belonging and common society. The Palestinian "dabkeh," in turn, acquired nationalist meanings, especially after the 1967 war and the occupation of the West Bank. The book traces the history of these competing, and conflicting, dance forms, basing the argument principally on the ethnographic study of two Palestinian and one Israeli Jewish dance group conducted between 1998 and 1999. The result is a fascinating parallel ethnography, showing how the ethnography of dance forms contributes to evolving notions of collective national and political identity in a context of unequal power.
  

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Contents

INVESTIGATING THE PERFORMANCE
1
Data Acquisition
24
STRUGGLING FOR MODERN
36
Conclusion
93
From dabkeh to raqs filastirn
100
Changing Style Not Meaning
137
Conclusion
155
Putting Karmiel on the Map
162
Multiculturalism in the Heart
180
Conclusion
203
Conclusion
281
Bibliography
307
Glossary
329
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Elke Kaschl, Ph.D. (2002) in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Berne, is currently Researcher at the University of Fribourg and is working as project coordinator in the field of development in the Middle East.

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