The Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East

Khalil, Joe F.; Khiabany, Gholam; Guaaybess, Tourya and Yesil, Bilge, eds. 2023. The Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781119637066 [Edited Book]

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The Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East is designed to help readers navigate the important questions of the region and better understand the global cultural and media transformations that shape the debates and challenges of the twenty-first century. Bringing together contributions by a trans-regional panel of established experts and new voices, this interdisciplinary volume offers a fresh perspective on the cultures of the Middle East and their media production, distribution, and consumption.

Rather than viewing the Middle East as a monolithic culture operating within a limited media framework, the book examines the multi-local characteristics of knowledge production, media, and culture in the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the necessity for moving away from universalism in favor of theoretically- and historically-grounded integrated analysis. Throughout the text, the authors address the central questions of media and culture in the Middle East while contextualizing the region’s competing histories, geopolitical and socio-economic issues, and ongoing cultural and media debates.

Describes the intellectual landscape of the field, including its historic emergence and evolution, key theoretical approaches and empirical research, and possible future directions
Presents rich analyses anchored in contemporary research and broad historical and geopolitical contexts
Focuses on the symbiotic and dynamic relationship between old and emerging media
Offers case studies in cultural production and mainstream and alternative media.
Discusses the role of empire and its consequences for communication, culture and politics
Engages with culture as a dynamic site of struggle and contestation

Part of the acclaimed Blackwell Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research series, The Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East is essential reading for academics and researchers in the field and an excellent textbook for students of global studies, media and communication, journalism, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, and history.

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media, culture, Middle East

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy


August 2023

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13 Jun 2023 13:40

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19 Jun 2023 10:13


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