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
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.
Subjects: History, Political Science
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