Everyday Arab Identity: The Daily Reproduction of the Arab World

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Routledge, 2013 - Social Science - 207 pages
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Whether through government propaganda or popular transnational satellite television channels, Arab citizens encounter a discourse that reinforces a sense of belonging to their own state and a broader Arab world on a daily basis. Looking through the lens of nationalism theory, this book examines how and why Arab identity continues to be reproduced in today's Middle East, and how that Arab identity interacts with strengthening ties to religion and the state.

Drawing on case studies of two ideologically different Arab regimes, Syria and Jordan, Christopher Phillips explores both the implications this everyday Arab identity will have on western policy towards the Middle East and its real life impact on international relations.

Offering an original perspective on this topical issue, this book will be of interest to academics and practitioners working on the Arab world and political affairs, as well as students of International Relations, Political Science and the Middle East, notably Syria and Jordan, and policymakers in the region.

 

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Contents

Everyday Arabism
1
contemporary Arab identity and the state
8
identitybuilding in Syria and Jordan
40
flagging identity on state television
72
Arab satellite televisions new discourse
100
everyday opinions from Syria and Jordan
131
Arabisms future
161
Notes
171
Bibliography
192
Index
203
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About the author (2013)

Christopher Phillips is Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London. He has lived in Syria for several years and was formerly Syria and Jordan specialist for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Everyday Arab Identity is his first book.

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