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Mass MediationsNew Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond$
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Walter Armbrust

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219250

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219250.001.0001

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Consuming Damascus

Consuming Damascus

Public Culture and the Construction of Social Identity

(p.182) Eight Consuming Damascus
Mass Mediations
Walter Armbrust
University of California Press

This chapter studies a Middle Eastern state that tries to construct the “local” as a national community which is slightly outside the reach of global capital. It shows that Baathist Syria has had mixed results in its efforts to preserve a distinctively Syrian identity, despite the fact that Syria has been more hesitant than Egypt to lead the entry of global capital. The chapter also discusses the concept of “mere consumption,” which takes the place of modernist engines for constructing national identity.

Keywords:   national identity, global capital, national community, Baathist Syria, Syrian identity, mere consumption, modernist engines

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