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Dramas of Nationhood The Politics of Television in Egypt

ISBN-10: 0226001970
ISBN-13: 9780226001975
Edition: 2004
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

How do people come to think of themselves as part of a nation? Dramas of Nationhood identifies a fantastic cultural form that binds together the Egyptian nation—television serials. These melodramatic programs—like soap operas but more closely tied to political and social issues than their Western counterparts—have been shown on television in Egypt for more than thirty years. In this book, Lila Abu-Lughod examines the shifting politics of these serials and the way their contents both reflect and seek to direct the changing course of Islam, gender relations, and everyday life in this Middle Eastern nation.Representing a decade's worth of research, Dramas of Nationhood makes a case for the importance of studying television to answer larger questions about culture, power, and modern self-fashionings. Abu-Lughod explores the elements of developmentalist ideology and the visions of national progress that once dominated Egyptian television—now experiencing a crisis. She discusses the broadcasts in rich detail, from the generic emotional qualities of TV serials and the depictions of authentic national culture, to the debates inflamed by their deliberate strategies for combating religious extremism.

Ahmad H. Sa'di is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published widely on political, social, and economic aspects of the lives of Palestinians in Israel.Lila Abu-Lughod is professor of anthropology and gender studies at Columbia University. Her books include Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society, Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories, and Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Anthropology and National Media
Ethnography of a Nation
Interpreting Culture(s) after Television: On Method
National Pedagogy
Rural "Ignorance" and the Virtues of Education
Development Realism, "Real Melodrama," and the Problem of Feminism
The Eroding Hegemony of Developmentalism
Modern Subjects? Egyptian Melodrama and Postcolonial Difference
The Ambivalence of Authenticity: National Culture in a Global World
Managing Religion in the Name of National Community
Consumption and the Eroding Hegemony of Developmentalism
Conclusion: Star Magic and the Forms of National Affinity
Appendix
Notes
References
Index

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