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Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt

Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: August 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521484923

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  • This study of Egyptian popular culture provides fresh and vital insights into the long struggle of modern Egypt to define its identity. 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 subject of controversy. 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.

    • Uses much material never studied before in European-language literature
    • Highly readable, since most technical detail is restricted to footnotes
    • Very relevant to the current political situation in Egypt
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    • Date Published: August 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521484923
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.425kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • 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'.

  • Author

    Walter Armbrust

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