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Mass Mediations

New Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond

Walter Armbrust (Editor)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 389 pages
ISBN: 9780520219267
September 2000
$31.95, £23.95
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.
Walter Armbrust
Roberta L. Dougherty
Joel Gordon
Richard M. Murphy
Christa Salamandra
Philip Schuyler
Anthony Shay
Andrew Shryock
Martin Stokes
Ted Swedenburg
Robert Vitalis
Kate Zirbel
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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