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The Arab Public Sphere in Israel

Media Space and Cultural Resistance

Amal Jamal

Publication Year: 2009

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.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Indiana Series in Middle East Studies


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xv

One of the most central dimensions of globalization is the fact that many aspects of human existence, no matter where, have become transparent as a result of technological evolution. The world has become open to observation and examination in ways that were not available in the past. ...

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pp. xvii

This book was written in stages and in several locations. Many people were involved in gathering the materials that form the essence of this book. My assistants, Umayma Diab, Suleiman Mahamed, Dana Yasur-Landau, David Yitzhak Haim, Yael Proaktor, Noga Parag, and Yathreb Zoabi have helped in various stages of this research. ...

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pp. 1-10

This book examines the development and special characteristics of the Arab public sphere as a counterhegemonic space in Israel. Its significance stems from its seminal endeavor to shed light on recent changes in state-minority relations in Israel, focusing on the rise of the Arab public sphere and new patterns of communicative behavior ...

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One Media Space, Political Control, and Cultural Resistance

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pp. 11-28

When looking at the literature on media and minorities, one notices a clear trend in the attention paid to this relationship that may be helpful for understanding the communicative behavior of the Arab community in Israel. At the initial stage, most studies that analyzed the social, political, and cultural roles of the media ...

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Two The Indigenous Arab Minority in the Israeli State

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pp. 29-38

The Palestinian national movement was defeated in 1948–49. The roots of the defeat and the Israeli policy that resulted are heavily debated among scholars of the period. Whereas some scholars accuse Israel of ethnic cleansing,1 others claim that despite the expulsion that occurred there was no clear and preplanned policy ...

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Three Israeli Media Policies toward the Arab Minority

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pp. 39-60

Like other hegemonic regimes, the state of Israel transformed the media into one of its principal socializing mechanisms, second only to the education system, seeking to manufacture consent among the Israeli public. In the early years of the Israeli state, the Hebrew press, both the party-affiliated and the privately owned, ...

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Four Arabic Media Space in the Jewish State: Seeking New Communicative Action

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pp. 61-72

The state of Israel has acted vigorously but unsuccessfully to dissociate the Arab population from its cultural space and historical past.1 Arab society has not yielded to Israeli efforts but instead has developed various strategies to cope with this situation.2 The struggle for survival has been complex and varied. ...

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Five Arabic Print Media and the New Culture of Newspaper Reading

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pp. 73-95

The changes in the media structure, which were initiated either by private Arab citizens or by political parties, especially in the print media, have been translated into collective communicative behavior and patterns of media consumption. Shedding light on the communicative behavior of the Arab minority ...

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Six Resisting Cultural Imperialism: Alienation and Strategic Reading of the Hebrew Press

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pp. 96-106

Before beginning our analysis of consumption of the Hebrew press by the Arab public in Israel, it is important to note that Hebrew is a foreign language for Arabs. Although a significant number speak Hebrew, it is not their native language. It is more than likely that this fact has a considerable impact ...

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Seven Electronic Media and the Strategy of In-Betweenness

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pp. 107-126

When examining the communicative behavior and media consumption patterns of the Arab community in Israel, one observes its meaningful attempts to maintain a foot in two available media spaces. Arabs listen to local Hebrew and Arabic radio stations broadcasting from inside Israel. ...

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pp. 127-136

The developments described and the data presented in this book lead us to several conclusions regarding strategies of communicative behavior of the Arab minority in Israel that can possibly be generalized to other national minorities in other localities in the world. ...


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pp. 137-156


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pp. 157-174


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pp. 175-182

E-ISBN-13: 9780253003935
E-ISBN-10: 0253003938
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253353863

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Indiana Series in Middle East Studies