Dance and Authenticity in Israel and Palestine: Performing the Nation

Dance and Authenticity in Israel and Palestine: Performing the Nation

by Elke Kaschl, E. Kaschl
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004132384

ISBN-13: 9789004132382

Pub. Date: 07/29/2003

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004132382
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2003
Series:
Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia Series, #89
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Note on Formalia and Transcriptionxiii
Stage Settingsxv
Chapter 1.Investigating the Performance of Nationalism as a Relational Process Between Israel and Palestine1
Issues of Theory and Method1
Investigating nationalism as a relational process1
The performance of nationalism11
Folk dance as a performance of nationalism14
Dabkeh/ debkah on stage in Israel and Palestine19
Data Acquisition24
Defining the 'field'24
'Deep hanging out' with folk dance groups in Israel and Palestine26
Working with the groups31
Chapter 2.Struggling for Modern Statehood: Authenticity, Gender and a Twice Invented Tradition36
Introduction36
Performing Modern Israeli Jewishness: The Case of the Israeli debkah39
Early beginnings of Jewish dancing in Ottoman Palestine, 1882-191440
New Jews as dancing pioneers, 1920s-30s43
Authenticating Jewish dancing through dabkeh, 1930s-1940s50
Institutionalizing rikudai `am israeli as a new tradition for a new country, 1948-196862
Performing Modern Palestinianness: The Case of the Palestinian dabkeh71
Changing discourse: From an Arab Levantine social practice to authentic Palestinian heritage72
Dabkeh on stage as al-turath al-sha`bi al-filastini81
Conclusion93
Chapter 3.Changing Ways of Movement: The Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe El-Funoun, 1979-199997
Introduction97
Changing Styles: From dabkeh to raqs filastini100
Steadfast Resistance, 1979-1987100
Rising Up, 1987-1989112
Stalemate, 1989-1993119
Separate Lives, 1993-1999122
Changing Style, Not Meaning137
The social acceptability of raqs in the late nineties138
Making raqs acceptable145
Performing the nation behind the backdrop of a globalizing environment152
Conclusion155
Chapter 4.Making Place: Karmei Makhol, 1982-1999158
Introduction158
From Space to Place: Putting Karmi`el on the Map--"Samnu et Karmi`el `al ha-Mapah!"162
Consolidating Hierarchies: Multiculturalism in the Heart of the Galilee180
A city of integration180
Everyday realities184
Consolidating hierarchies through debkah198
Conclusion203
Chapter 5.Improvising in Between: Al-Asayyel, 1988-1999206
Introduction206
Establishing a tradition of 'authentic' dabkeh dancing in the Galilee209
Behind the scenes: What shaped Al-Asayyel's dabkeh218
"Do the Right Thing!"--The Israeli Jewish discourse of authenticity218
"Don't Sell Out!"--The Palestinian discourse of preservation243
Changing realities between Israel and Palestine: Performing Israeli Arabness in the Galilee258
Conclusion281
Closing Up287
Appendix291
Tables 1-8Group Profiles291
Tables 9-12Motivation to dance295
Interview guides298
List of self-identification labels305
Bibliography307
Interviews307
Literature310
Glossary329

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