Mass Mediations: New Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond

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Walter Armbrust
University of California Press, Sep 19, 2000 - Social Science - 378 pages
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Offering a stimulating diversity of perspectives, this collection examines how popular culture through mass media defines the scale and character of social interaction in the Middle East. The contributors approach popular culture broadly, with an interest in how it creates new scales of communication and new dimensions of identity that affect economics, politics, aesthetics, and performance.

Reflected in these essays is the fact that mass media are as ubiquitous in Cairo and Karachi as in Los Angeles and Detroit. From Persian popular music in Beverly Hills to Egyptians' reaction to a recent film on Gamal Abdel Nasser; from postmodern Turkish novels to the music of an Israeli transsexual singer, the essays illustrate the multiple contexts of modern cultural production.

The unfolding of modernity in colonial and postcolonial societies has been little analyzed until now. In addressing transnational aspects of Middle Eastern societies, the contributors also challenge conventional assumptions about the region and its relation to the West. The volume will have wide appeal both to Middle Eastern scholars and to readers interested in global and cultural studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction Anxieties of Scale
1
Public Culture in Arab Detroit Creating ArabAmerican Identities in a Transnational Domain
32
The 68 Beat Goes On Persian Popular Music from Bazme Qajariyyeh to Beverly Hills Garden Parties
61
Saida SultanDanna International Transgender Pop and the Polysemiotics of Sex Nation and Ethnicity on the IsraeliEgyptian Border
88
Playing It Both Ways Local Egyptian Performers between Regional Identity and International Markets
120
JoujoukaJajoukaZahjoukah Moroccan Music and EuroAmerican Imagination
146
Nasser 56Cairo 96 Reimaging Egypts Lost Community
161
Consuming Damascus Public Culture and the Construction of Social Identity
182
Beloved Istanbul Realism and the Transnational Imaginary in Turkish Popular Culture Martin Stokes
224
Badia Masabni Artiste and Modernist The Egyptian Print Medias Carnival of National Identity
243
American Ambassador in Technicolor and Cinemascope Hollywood and Revolution on the Nile
269
The Golden Age before the Golden Age Commercial Egyptian Cinema before the 1960s
292
REFERENCES
329
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
355
INDEX
359
Copyright

The Hairbrush and the Dagger Mediating Modernity in Lahore
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Walter Armbrust is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. He is the author of Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt (1996) and editor of The Seen and the Unseeable: Visual Culture in the Middle East (1998).

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