Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt

Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt

by Walter Armbrust
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521481473

ISBN-13: 9780521481472

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This path-breaking study of Egyptian popular culture provides fresh and vital insights into the long struggle of modern Egypt to define its identity. Dr. Armbrust examines Egyptian television, recorded music, the press, and the cinema. These popular media have broken radically with cultural icons of Egypt's past, while offering ordinary people a way of coming to terms…  See more details below

Overview

This path-breaking study of Egyptian popular culture provides fresh and vital insights into the long struggle of modern Egypt to define its identity. Dr. Armbrust examines Egyptian television, recorded music, the press, and the cinema. These popular media have broken radically with cultural icons of Egypt's past, while offering ordinary people a way of coming to terms with the clashing values of nationalism, modernity, and Arab classicism. However, since the 1970s, popular culture has also become a site of contestation. The delicate balance between conservative nationalist imagery and a modernist ethic has been increasingly put in question by producers and consumers of the media, reflecting a sense that the representations of modernity do not reflect the experience of Egyptians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521481472
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #102
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The white flag; 3. The split vernacular; 4. The gifted musician; 5. Classic, clunker, national narrative; 6. Popular commentary, real lives; 7. 'Vulgarity'.

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