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Negotiating Identity and Transnationalism

Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Critical Cultural Studies

by Haneen Ghabra (Volume editor) Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui (Volume editor) Shadee Abdi (Volume editor) Bernadette Marie Calafell (Volume editor)
Monographs XIV, 212 Pages

Summary

At the heart of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies is a discipline that has been slowly expanding its borders around the issues of racism, sexism, ability, privilege, and oppression. As Latinx, African American, Asian Pacific American, Disability and LGBTQ Studies widen and shift the scope of Communication Studies, what often gets underplayed is the role of transnational Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Studies. It is imperative that the experiences of transnational individuals who live and move between the region and the U.S. are centered. For this reason, the goal of this book is to begin to bring Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Critical Cultural Studies in conversation with Global and Transnational Studies. We ask, how can scholars make a space for transnational MENA Studies within Communication and Cultural Studies? What are the pressing issues? Thus, at a time where Arabs, Arab Americans, Iranians, and Iranian Americans are under attack by Western media and governments, it is crucial to center their voices from a transnational perspective that privileges their positionalities and experiences rather than continue to study them from a reductive Eurocentric lens. We seek to build on existing scholarship by including essays that theorize from a Communication and Critical Cultural Studies lens. This book aims to bring together work by established and new or emerging scholars.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • Preface (Sahar Khamis)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction (Haneen Ghabra and Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui)
  • Section 1: Negotiating Whiteness: Contextual MENA Perspectives in the United States and Beyond
  • Check-Mate: The MENA/Arab Double-Bind (Marie-Odile N. Hobeika & Thomas K. Nakayama)
  • Fragmented Paradigms of Transculturality: Negotiating Equivocal Agency in Refugee Representations in Refugee Resettlement Organizations (Noor Ghazal Aswad)
  • Rearticulating the “Good Muslim” in Times of Trump: Islamophilia and the Muslim Woman in the Women’s March Poster (Shereen Yousuf)
  • Section 2: Negotiating Colonialism in MENA: Rhetorics of Populism and Violence in Identity Discourse
  • Neo-Colonial Representations of the “Grand Mufti,” Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Reterritorialization of Palestine (Marouf A. Hasian, Jr.)
  • Halal, Is It Meat You’re Looking for? A History of Colonial Policy, Halal Meat and Violence (Asim Qureshi)
  • Representation from the Margins: Brexit, Turkey, and the Idea of “Europe” (Matthew deTar)
  • Smelling Beyond Sectarianism and Orientalism: Trash as Rhetorical Resistance in Lebanon’s 2015 “You Stink” Protests (Hana Masri)
  • Section 3: Negotiating Identity: Literacy, Visual, and Comedic Perspectives
  • The Veiled Identity: Hijabistas, Instagram and Branding in the Online Islamic Fashion Industry (Kelsey Waninger Minnick)
  • Bamboo and Bougainvillea: Literary Perspectives on Identity and Belonging in Contemporary Kuwait (Emanuela Buscemi)
  • Laughing at One Thousand and One Western Tales about the Middle Eastern Others: (Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager)
  • Section 4: Negotiating Identity among Muslim, Arab and Asian Women: An Intersectional and Cultural Studies Approach
  • An Intersectional Approach to the Kafala System in Lebanon: Racialized, Sexualized and Exploitative Dimensions of Migrant Domestic Labor (Sarah Gonzalez Noveiri)
  • Secret Superhero in a Black Burka (Gordon Alley-Young)
  • Editors
  • Contributors
  • Series index

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About the author

Haneen Ghabra (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Assistant Professor at Kuwait University’s Department of Mass Communication and author of the book, Muslim Women and White Femininity: Reenactment and Resistance (2018). She recently was the recipient for the Book of the Year Award at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) International and Intercultural Division (November 2019). Her work has been published in Communication Inquiry, Text and Performance Quarterly and Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies.

Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Assistant Professor and coordinator of graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Her research engages critical rhetoric, political communication, new media, gender and sexuality studies, transnational feminism and social change in a variety of contexts, including social movements, political discourse and pop culture. More particularly, Dr. Alaoui’s scholarship considers how the often non-normative, un-institutionalized voices of resistance work to change their communities, and how normative or institutionalized discourses reinforce their ability to maintain power.

Shadee Abdi (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Assistant Professor of Communication at San Francisco State University. She is a critical cultural communication scholar whose research interests include intercultural, international, and diasporic communication, sexuality studies, family communication, performance studies, and performances of Iranian diaspora. Broadly, her work explores how conflicting discourses complicate and enhance our intersectional understandings of identity and power relative to race, culture, sexuality, gender, nationality, religion, ability, class, and family. She is specifically interested in narratives of resistance within familial and mediated contexts.

Bernadette Marie Calafell (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) is Professor and the inaugural Chair in the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at Gonzaga University. She is author of Latina/o Communication Studies Theorizing Performance and Monstrosity, Performance, and Race in Contemporary Culture. She was the recipient of the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance, the Córdova-Puchot Award for Scholar of the Year, the Lambda Award, and the Francine Merritt Award from the National Communication Association.

About the book

At the heart of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies is a discipline that has been slowly expanding its borders around the issues of racism, sexism, ability, privilege, and oppression. As Latinx, African American, Asian Pacific American, Disability and LGBTQ Studies widen and shift the scope of Communication Studies, what often gets underplayed is the role of transnational Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Studies. For this reason, the goal of this book is to begin to bring Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Critical Cultural Studies in conversation with Global and Transnational Studies. We ask, how can scholars make a space for transnational MENA Studies within Communication and Cultural Studies? We seek to build on existing scholarship by including essays that theorize from a Communication and Critical Cultural Studies lens. This book aims to bring together work by established and new or emerging scholars.

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Table of Contents

Preface

Sahar Khamis

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Haneen Ghabra and Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui

SECTION 1: Negotiating Whiteness: Contextual MENA Perspectives in the United States and Beyond

Check-Mate: The MENA/Arab Double-Bind

Marie-Odile N. Hobeika & Thomas K. Nakayama

Fragmented Paradigms of Transculturality: Negotiating Equivocal Agency in Refugee Representations in Refugee Resettlement Organizations

Noor Ghazal Aswad

Rearticulating the “Good Muslim” in Times of Trump: Islamophilia and the Muslim Woman in the Women’s March Poster

Shereen Yousuf

SECTION 2: Negotiating Colonialism in MENA: Rhetorics of Populism and Violence in Identity Discourse

Neo-Colonial Representations of the “Grand Mufti,” Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Reterritorialization of Palestine

Marouf A. Hasian, Jr.

Halal, Is It Meat You’re Looking for? A History of Colonial Policy, Halal Meat and Violence

Asim Qureshi

Representation from the Margins: Brexit, Turkey, and the Idea of “Europe”

Matthew deTar

Smelling Beyond Sectarianism and Orientalism: Trash as Rhetorical Resistance in Lebanon’s 2015 “You Stink” Protests

Hana Masri

SECTION 3: Negotiating Identity: Literacy, Visual, and Comedic Perspectives

The Veiled Identity: Hijabistas, Instagram and Branding in the Online Islamic Fashion Industry

Kelsey Waninger Minnick

Bamboo and Bougainvillea: Literary Perspectives on Identity and Belonging in Contemporary Kuwait

Emanuela Buscemi

Laughing at One Thousand and One Western Tales about the Middle Eastern Others:

Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager

Details

Pages
XIV, 212
ISBN (PDF)
9781433157622
ISBN (ePUB)
9781433157639
ISBN (MOBI)
9781433157646
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433157615
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (May)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. XIV, 212 pp.

Biographical notes

Haneen Ghabra (Volume editor) Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui (Volume editor) Shadee Abdi (Volume editor) Bernadette Marie Calafell (Volume editor)

Haneen Ghabra (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Assistant Professor at Kuwait University’s Department of Mass Communication and author of the book, Muslim Women and White Femininity: Reenactment and Resistance (2018). She recently was the recipient for the Outstanding Article of the Year Award at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Feminist Division (November 2018). Her work has been published in Communication Inquiry, Text and Performance Quarterly and Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Assistant Professor and coordinator of graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Her research engages critical rhetoric, political communication, new media, gender and sexuality studies, transnational feminism and social change in a variety of contexts, including social movements, political discourse and pop culture. More particularly, Dr. Alaoui’s scholarship considers how the often non-normative, un-institutionalized voices of resistance work to change their communities, and how normative or institutionalized discourses reinforce their ability to maintain power. Shadee Abdi (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Assistant Professor of Communication at San Francisco State University. She is a critical cultural communication scholar whose research interests include intercultural, international, and diasporic communication, sexuality studies, family communication, performance studies, and performances of Iranian diaspora. Broadly, her work explores how conflicting discourses complicate and enhance our intersectional understandings of identity and power relative to race, culture, sexuality, gender, nationality, religion, ability, class, and family. She is specifically interested in narratives of resistance within familial and mediated contexts. Bernadette Marie Calafell (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) is Professor and the inaugural Chair in the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at Gonzaga University. She is author of Latina/o Communication Studies Theorizing Performance and Monstrosity, Performance, and Race in Contemporary Culture. She was the recipient of the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance, the Córdova-Puchot Award for Scholar of the Year, the Lambda Award, and the Francine Merritt Award from the National Communication Association.

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