Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem

Paperback | July 20, 2015

byChaim Noy

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Combining ethnographic, semiotic, and performative approaches, this book examines texts and accompanying acts of writing of national commemoration. The commemorative visitor book is viewed as a mobilized stage, a communication medium, where visitors' public performances are presented, andwhere acts of participation are authored and composed. The study contextualizes the visitor book within the material and ideological environment where it is positioned and where it functions. The semiotics of commemoration are mirrored in the visitor book, which functions as a participatory platformthat becomes an extension of the commemorative spaces in the museum. The study addresses tourists' and visitors' texts, i.e. the commemorative entries in the book, which are succinct dialogical utterances. Through these public performances, individuals and groups of visitors align and affiliate with a larger imagined national community. Reading the entries allows aunique perspective on communication practices and processes, and vividly illustrates such concepts as genre, voice, addressivity, indexicality, and the very acts of writing and reading. The book's many entries tell stories of affirming, but also resisting the narrative tenets of Zionist nationalidentity, and they illustrate the politics of gender and ethnicity in Israel society. The book presents many ethnographic observations and interviews, which were done both with the management of the site (Ammunition Hill National Memorial Site), and with the visitors themselves. The observations shed light on processes and practices involved in writing and reading, and on howvisitors decide on what to write and how they collaborate on drafting their entries. The interviews with the site's management also illuminate the commemoration projects, and how museums and exhibitions are staged and managed.

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Combining ethnographic, semiotic, and performative approaches, this book examines texts and accompanying acts of writing of national commemoration. The commemorative visitor book is viewed as a mobilized stage, a communication medium, where visitors' public performances are presented, andwhere acts of participation are authored and com...

Chaim Noy is an interdisciplinary scholar focusing on qualitative and performative approaches to communication and interaction. He is Associate Professor at the University of South Florida.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:July 20, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199398984

ISBN - 13:9780199398980

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ProloguesItineraryPart 1. SIGNING IN1. Tourists' TracesPerforming tourismLanguaging tourism and heritageThe ethnography of textsA medium's historyVisiting visitor books2. The Ammunition Hill Museum: Authenticity, Bunkers and Language IdeologyIn the museumGenerals' autographs and soldiers' love lettersPostscript iPart 2. THANK YOU FOR DYING FOR OUR COUNTRY3. The Ammunition Hill Visitor Book: Inside-Out and Outside-InCommemorative affordances from withinFigures of the 2005-2006 visitor bookCommemoration communityCollective articulationAesthetic articulationMaterial articulation4. "I WAS HERE!!!": Indexicality and VoiceCommemoration literacies and writing and reading ritualsSigningA matrix of signaturesSigners' identities, signers' anonymityOpen addressivity structures5. Articulating CommemorationMediating commemorationContesting performancesTheological non-Zionist challengesHyper-Zionist ethnonational challenges6. "Write I was impressed and not I enjoyed": Co-Writing CommemorationPlayfull utterancesWords, drawings, and visual narratives7. Gender and Familial Performances"Fought like Lions": Institutional representations of men"IDF Soldiers - I'm mad about you"Families' commemoration performancesContesting masculinitiesPart 3. SIGNING OUT8. "Like a magazine loaded with bullets": The VIP Visitor BookManaging autographs: The pragmatics of signingAutographs' capital and the reconstitution of hegemony"For Kacha the untiring!": Elite networking"The Temple Mount is in Our Hands"International VIPs: Jews, Generals and three Jordanian Officers9. EthnographyUndoing the ethnographicDasein or being (looked at) thereCollecting practicesThe story toes tell: (Dis)embodied (re)presentationPerformance ethnography and the occurrence of the academic text10. ConclusionsPostscript IITranscription conventionsReferences