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  • My Voice Is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance

    Author(s): David A. McDonald
    Published: 2013
    Pages: 360
    Illustrations: 20 illustrations, 9 figures
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  • Illustrations  viii
    Note on Transliterations  xi
    Note on Accessing Performance Videos  xiii
    Acknowledgments  xvii
    Introduction  1
    1. Nationalism, Belonging, and the Performativity of Resistance  17
    2. Poets, Singers, and Songs: Voices in the Resistance Movement (1917–1967)  34
    3. Al-Naksa and the Emergence of Political Song (1967–1987)  78
    4. The First Intifada and the Generation of Stones (1987–2000)  116
    5. Revivals and New Arrivals: The al-Aqsa Intifada (2000–2010)  144
    6. "My Songs Can Reach the Whole Nation": Baladna and Protest Song in Jordan  163
    7. Imprisonment and Exile: Negotiating Power and Resistance in Palestinian Protest Song  199
    8. New Directions and New Modalities: Palestinian Hip-Hop in Israel  231
    9. "Carrying Words Like Weapons": DAM Brings Hip-Hop to the West Bank  262
    Epilogue  283
    Appendix: Song Lyric Transliterations  287
    Notes  305
    Bibliography  321
    Index  329
  • "David A. McDonald has written a singular, ambitious, and much-needed book that explores a very important dimension of the Palestinian-Israeli question. He provides an invaluable historical overview of Palestinian resistance music since the 1930s and an ethnography of music and musicians during the Second Intifada and its aftermath."—Ted Swedenburg, coeditor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture

    "This book is highly original, well researched, and extremely engaging. Through strong social analysis and sharp historical insights, David A. McDonald connects music, poetry, performance, and political life among the Palestinian people."—Virginia Danielson, author of The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthūm, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century

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    In My Voice Is My Weapon, David A. McDonald rethinks the conventional history of the Palestinian crisis through an ethnographic analysis of music and musicians, protest songs, and popular culture. Charting a historical narrative that stretches from the late-Ottoman period through the end of the second Palestinian intifada, McDonald examines the shifting politics of music in its capacity to both reflect and shape fundamental aspects of national identity. Drawing case studies from Palestinian communities in Israel, in exile, and under occupation, McDonald grapples with the theoretical and methodological challenges of tracing "resistance" in the popular imagination, attempting to reveal the nuanced ways in which Palestinians have confronted and opposed the traumas of foreign occupation. The first of its kind, this book offers an in-depth ethnomusicological analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, contributing a performative perspective to the larger scholarly conversation about one of the world's most contested humanitarian issues.

    About The Author(s)

    David A. McDonald is Assistant Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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