Home » Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life by Marwan M. Kraidy
Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life Marwan M. Kraidy

Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life

Marwan M. Kraidy

Published May 14th 2014
ISBN : 9780511675294
Unknown Binding
271 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

What does it mean to be modern outside the West? Based on a wealth of primary data collected over five years, Reality Television and Arab Politics analyzes how reality television stirred an explosive mix of religion, politics, and sexuality, fuelingMoreWhat does it mean to be modern outside the West? Based on a wealth of primary data collected over five years, Reality Television and Arab Politics analyzes how reality television stirred an explosive mix of religion, politics, and sexuality, fueling heated polemics over cultural authenticity, gender relations, and political participation in the Arab world. The controversies, Kraidy argues, are best understood as a social laboratory in which actors experiment with various forms of modernity, continuing a long-standing Arab preoccupation with specifying terms of engagement with Western modernity. Women and youth take center stage in this process. Against the backdrop of dramatic upheaval in the Middle East, this book challenges the notion of a monolithic Arab Street and offers an original perspective on Arab media, shifting attention away from a narrow focus on al-Jazeera, toward a vibrant media sphere that compels broad popular engagement and contentious political performance.