Performing democracy in Iraq and South Africa : gender, media, and resistance /

How do individuals in the Middle East and Africa use blogs and performances to protest injustice and to voice their desire for democracy? Reflecting twenty years of research and experience after working with guerilla fighters in the Kurdish region of Iraq, refugees in Iran, interreligious groups in...

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Main Author: Segall, Kimberly Wedeven.
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2013.
Edition:First edition.
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Main Author:Segall, Kimberly Wedeven.
Summary:How do individuals in the Middle East and Africa use blogs and performances to protest injustice and to voice their desire for democracy? Reflecting twenty years of research and experience after working with guerilla fighters in the Kurdish region of Iraq, refugees in Iran, interreligious groups in Morocco, and former political prisoners in South Africa, Segall offers a groundbreaking view of how groups use cultural forms to navigate memories of violation and to create new political identities. Unlike global media s shifting and often shallow spotlight on the protests of the Arab Spring, this book shows how communities are performing creative, economic, resistant, and even reconciliatory claims of rights amid contentious and gendered territories. By analyzing innovative sites, ranging from a blog of street protests to performance of bewithcing democracy, Performing Democracy attends to local venues and creative technology. With its impressive diversity of women's stories that are often forgotten by the press, this book suggests generational and hybrid protests voicing trauma, seeking change. --Amazon.com.

This text provides an analysis of the social and cultural impacts of war, social unrest and political violence in two societies that have undergone traumatic conflict and upheaval. By investigating various means of communication, Segall shows how groups of affected people in Iraq and South Africa reposition themselves to cope with collective trauma.

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Physical Description:1 online resource (324 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780815652564 (electronic bk.)
0815652569 (electronic bk.)
Author Notes:

Kimberly Wedeven Segall is professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and affiliate faculty of gender, women, and sexuality studies at the
University of Washington.


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