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Colonial Effects analyzes the creation and definition of modern Jordanian identity. Massad studies two key institutions— the law and the military—and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of the development of Jordanian national identity in the postcolonial period.
Joseph A. Massad engages recent scholarly debates on nationalism and richly fulfills the analytical promise of Michel Foucault's insight that modern institutions and their power to have productive, not merely repressive or coercive, capacities — though Massad also stresses their continued repressive function.
His argument is advanced by a consideration of evidence, including images produced by state tourist agencies aimed at attracting Western visitors, the changing and precarious position of women in the newly constructed national space, and such practices as soccer games, music, songs, food, clothing, and shifting accents and dialects.
Columbia University Press
Winner of the 1998 Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award from the Middle East Studies Association
— Betty S. Anderson
By focusing on the actions and motivations of the British Colonial administrators -- in codifying laws and defining the national culture -- Massad provides an excellent analysis of state construction in the colonial realm. For this reason, his work is poised for use by scholars and teachers in a number of fields far beyond Jordanian and Middle Eastern studies... Massad beautifully expands the breadth of Jordanian studies by examining issues thus far neglected in all studies of the country... In a classroom setting... the thematic organizational structure means that students do not have to know very much about Jordanian history to be able to understand the main points. The chapters on the role of gender, law, and the military in nationalist construction can be read easily as case studies of national identity throughout the region and the world. A search of any Web engine will show how very popular this book has become for a range of disciplines and class types... As many scholars and teachers have discovered already, the book provides questions and answers about nationalism that few writers have posed before.
— Betty S. Anderson
— Mary C. Wilson
Massad adopts an innovative approach by examining the effects of juridical and military institutions on the shaping of Jordan's national culture... [He] devotes very tangible attention to Bedouins, women, and Palestinians and their incorporation into the invented national culture of Jordan... [in a] sophisticated analysis.
— Laurie Brand
— Philip S. Khoury
IntroductionLaw, Military, and DisciplineTradition and ModernityHistorical MomentsPart I: Codifying the Nation: Law and the Articulation of National Identity in Jordan The Prehistory of Juridical PostcolonialityNational TimeNational SpaceNational Territory and PaternityNationalizing Non-NationalsLosing Nationality: The Law Giveth and the Law Taketh AwayWomen and ChildrenPart II: Different Spaces as Different Times: Law and Geography in Jordanian Nationalism Different Species of Citizens: Women and BedouinsBedouins and National CitizenshipNationalist Tribalism or Tribalist Nationalism: The DebateJordanian Culture in an International FrameWomen Between the Public and Private SpheresWomen in PublicWomen and PoliticsPart III: Cultural Syncretism or Colonial Mimic Men: Jordan's Bedouins and the Military Basis of National Identity The Bedouin ChoiceCultural Imperialism and DisciplineCultural Cross-Dressing as EpistemologyImperialism as EducatorMasculinity, Culture, and WomenTransforming the BedouinsPersuasion, Education, and SurveillancePart IV: Nationalizing the Military: Colonial Legacy as National Heritage Anticolonial Nationalism and the ArmyKing Husayn and the Nationalist OfficersClash of the Titans: Glubb Pasha and the Uneasy King"Arabizing" the Jordanian ArmyThe Palace Coup and the End of an EraPalace Repression and the Forgiving KingPalestinians and the MilitaryThreatening the Nation's Masculinity and Religious "Tradition"The Military and the New JordanColonial or National LegacyPart V: The Nation as an Elastic Entity: The Expansion and Contraction of Jordan Expanding the Nation: The Road to AnnexationThe Jericho ConferenceThe New JordanPalestinians and the West BankCompeting Representatives: The PLO and JordanToward Civil WarA New Nationalist EraClothes, Accents, and Football: Asserting Post — Civil War JordaniannessContracting the Nation: The Road to "The Severing of Ties"Who Is Jordanian? Concluding Remarks
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