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From the Publisher'The book is an extremely valuable source for the construction of nationalism in the Middle East'
John Sakkas, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, 2005.
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.
|Note on Formalia and Transcription|
|Ch. 1||Investigating the Performance of Nationalism as a Relational Process Between Israel and Palestine||1|
|Ch. 2||Struggling for Modern Statehood: Authenticity, Gender and a Twice Invented Tradition||36|
|Ch. 3||Changing Ways of Movement: The Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe El-Funoun, 1979-1999||97|
|Ch. 4||Making Place: Karmei Makhol, 1982-1999||158|
|Ch. 5||Improvising in Between: Al-Asayyel, 1988-1999||206|