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The Arab Public Sphere in Israel : Media Space and Cultural Resistance

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In this pathbreaking study, Amal Jamal analyzes the consumption of media by Arab citizens of Israel as a type of communicative behavior and a form of political action. Drawing on extensive public opinion survey data, he describes perceptions and use of media ranging from Arabic Israeli newspapers to satellite television broadcasts from throughout the Middle East. By participating in this semi-autonomous Arab public sphere, the average Arab citizen can connect with a wider Arab world beyond the boundaries of the Israeli state. Jamal shows how media aid the community's ability to resist the state's domination, protect its Palestinian national identity, and promote its civic status.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253221412
  • 9780253221414
  • 1,683,082

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The Arab Public Sphere in Israel is an important book. It focuses on an almost invisible minoirty, the Arab citizens of Israel, and offers an unprecedented account-indeed, a historical benchmark-of media production and consumption among them. Vol. 28, 2011 * Political Communication * The author . . . through this highly readable historical and empirical study, has advanced the definition of the nature of the public sphere in Israel.Volume 29, No. 1, 2010 * Communication Research Trends * [A] compelling account that deftly mixes historical, theoretical, and empirical approaches, creating a multidimensional study that should be of interest to both scholars of the region and those concerned with minority media practice across the globe. * Cinema Journal * This study is of vital importance to scholars interested in Israeli media, Palestinians inside Israel, the far-reaching and diverse impact of Arab satellite news, and minorities' patterns of media consumption, especially in situations in which they are in conflict with state authorities.August 2011 * INTNL JRNL MID EAST STD - IJMES * [A] compelling account that deftly mixes historical, theoretical, and empirical approaches, creating a multidimensional study that should be of interest to both scholars of the region and those concerned with minority media practice across the globe. . . [M]akes an important contribution to scholarship on media and resistance across the Arab world and beyond.52.1 Fall 2012 * Cinema Journal *show more

About Amal Jamal

Amal Jamal is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. He is author of The Palestinian National Movement: Politics of Contention, 1967-2005 (IUP, 2005) and Media Politics and Democracy in Palestine: Political Culture, Pluralism, and the Palestinian Authority.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Media Space, Political Control, and Cultural Resistance2. The Indigenous Arab Minority in the Israeli State3. Israeli Media Policies toward the Arab Minority4. Arabic Media Space in the Jewish State: Seeking New Communicative Action5. Arabic Print Media and the New Culture of Newspaper Reading6. Resisting Cultural Imperialism: Alienation and Strategic Reading of the Hebrew Press7. Electronic Media and the Strategy of In-BetweennessConclusionNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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