Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan

Kobo ebook | August 21, 2012

byJoseph A. Massad

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Colonial Effects analyzes the creation and definition of modern Jordanian identity. Massad studies two key institutions-- the law and the military--and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of the development of Jordanian national identity in the postcolonial period.

Joseph A. Massad engages recent scholarly debates on nationalism and richly fulfills the analytical promise of Michel Foucault's insight that modern institutions and their power to have productive, not merely repressive or coercive, capacities -- though Massad also stresses their continued repressive function.

His argument is advanced by a consideration of evidence, including images produced by state tourist agencies aimed at attracting Western visitors, the changing and precarious position of women in the newly constructed national space, and such practices as soccer games, music, songs, food, clothing, and shifting accents and dialects.

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Colonial Effects analyzes the creation and definition of modern Jordanian identity. Massad studies two key institutions-- the law and the military--and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of the development of Jordanian national identity in the postcolonial period.Joseph A. Massad engages recent scholarly debates on na...

Joseph A. Massad is assistant professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He won the Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award for this work from the Middle East Studies Association.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Law, Military, and Discipline
Tradition and Modernity
Historical Moments
Part I: Codifying the Nation: Law and the Articulation of National Identity in Jordan
The Prehistory of Juridical Postcoloniality
National Time
National Space
National Territory and Paternity
Nationalizing Non-Nationals
Losing Nationality: The Law Giveth and the Law Taketh Away
Women and Children
Part II: Different Spaces as Different Times: Law and Geography in Jordanian Nationalism
Different Species of Citizens: Women and Bedouins
Bedouins and National Citizenship
Nationalist Tribalism or Tribalist Nationalism: The Debate
Jordanian Culture in an International Frame
Women Between the Public and Private Spheres
Women in Public
Women and Politics
Part III: Cultural Syncretism or Colonial Mimic Men: Jordan's Bedouins and the Military Basis of National Identity
The Bedouin Choice
Cultural Imperialism and Discipline
Cultural Cross-Dressing as Epistemology
Imperialism as Educator
Masculinity, Culture, and Women
Transforming the Bedouins
Persuasion, Education, and Surveillance
Part IV: Nationalizing the Military: Colonial Legacy as National Heritage
Anticolonial Nationalism and the Army
King Husayn and the Nationalist Officers
Clash of the Titans: Glubb Pasha and the Uneasy King
"Arabizing" the Jordanian Army
The Palace Coup and the End of an Era
Palace Repression and the Forgiving King
Palestinians and the Military
Threatening the Nation's Masculinity and Religious "Tradition"
The Military and the New Jordan
Colonial or National Legacy
Part V: The Nation as an Elastic Entity: The Expansion and Contraction of Jordan
Expanding the Nation: The Road to Annexation
The Jericho Conference
The New Jordan
Palestinians and the West Bank
Competing Representatives: The PLO and Jordan
Toward Civil War
A New Nationalist Era
Clothes, Accents, and Football: Asserting Post -- Civil War Jordanianness
Contracting the Nation: The Road to "The Severing of Ties"
Who Is Jordanian?
Concluding Remarks

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Impressive... meticulously documented throughout.