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Author McDonald, David A., 1976- author.

Title My voice is my weapon : music, nationalism, and the poetics of Palestinian resistance / David A. McDonald
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 338 pages) : illustrations
Series Knowledge Unlatched
Open Access e-Books
Contents Nationalism, belonging, and the performativity of resistance -- Poets, singers, and songs : voices in the resistance movement (1917-1967) -- Al-Naksa and the emergence of political song (1967-1987) -- The Intifada and the generation of the Stones (1987-2000) -- Revivals and new arrivals: the al-Aqsa Intifada (2000-2010) -- "My songs can reach the whole nation" : Baladna and protest song in Jordan -- Imprisonment and exile : negotiating power and resistance in Palestinian protest song -- New directions and new modalities : Palestinian hip-hop in Israel -- "Carrying words like weapons" : DAM brings hip-hop to the West Bank
Summary David A. McDonald rethinks the conventional history of the Palestinian crisis through an ethnographic analysis of music and musicians, protest songs, and popular culture. Charting a historical narrative that stretches from the late-Ottoman period through the end of the second Palestinian intifada, McDonald examines the shifting politics of music in its capacity to both reflect and shape fundamental aspects of national identity. Drawing case studies from Palestinian communities in Israel, in exile, and under occupation, McDonald grapples with the theoretical and methodological challenges of tracing "resistance" in the popular imagination, attempting to reveal the nuanced ways in which Palestinians have confronted and opposed the traumas of foreign occupation. The first of its kind, this book offers an in-depth ethnomusicological analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, contributing a performative perspective to the larger scholarly conversation about one of the world's most contested humanitarian issues. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.--Provided by publisher
Analysis history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-329) and index
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Subject Music -- Political aspects -- Gaza Strip
Music -- Political aspects -- Israel
Music -- Political aspects -- West Bank
Palestinian Arabs -- Music -- History and criticism
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Classical.
MUSIC -- Reference.
Music History & Criticism, National - Folk, Patriotic, Political.
Music -- Political aspects.
Music, Dance, Drama & Film.
Palestinian Arabs -- Music.
Gaza Strip.
West Bank.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013012813
ISBN 0822378280