Dance and Authenticity in Israel and Palestine: Performing the Nation

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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.

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'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.
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Meet the Author

Elke Kaschl, Ph.D. (2002) in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Berne, is currently Researcher at the University of Fribourg and is working as project coordinator in the field of development in the Middle East.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Formalia and Transcription
Stage Settings
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
Closing Up 287
Appendix 291
Bibliography 307
Glossary 329
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