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,

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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

Acknowledgments
Note on Formalia and Transcription
Stage Settings
Ch. 1Investigating the Performance of Nationalism as a Relational Process Between Israel and Palestine1
Ch. 2Struggling for Modern Statehood: Authenticity, Gender and a Twice Invented Tradition36
Ch. 3Changing Ways of Movement: The Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe El-Funoun, 1979-199997
Ch. 4Making Place: Karmei Makhol, 1982-1999158
Ch. 5Improvising in Between: Al-Asayyel, 1988-1999206
Closing Up287
Appendix291
Bibliography307
Glossary329

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