The Cultural and Affective Logic of the Dabki

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dc.contributor.author Tabar, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-31T11:52:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-31T11:52:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2005
dc.date.issued 2016-03-31
dc.identifier.issn 0725-6868 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3471
dc.description.abstract The dabki is a folkloric dance enacted by Lebanese migrants in Australia. This paper examines this dance and shows that it is invested with many issues pertaining to the harsh realities of Lebanese migrants in Australia. In doing so, it criticises the reified understanding of the dabki that reduces it to a mere spectacle and a metaphor for Lebanese identity. Our analysis of the dabki shows the irreducible complexity of this cultural practice deriving from social processes that surround its production. These processes pertaining to the experience of displacement, discrimination and a change in gender and class relations result in imputing new meanings to the dabki and transforming some of its formal aspects. Overall, these changes alter the dabki and make it a site of contradictory investments: an object of intrusive gaze by the dominant culture, a strategy of building the unity of the Lebanese community, a symbolic reversal of inequality between the migrant and the host society, a site of changing class and gender relations and a strategy of re-connecting with the home of origin. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title The Cultural and Affective Logic of the Dabki en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle A Study of a Lebanese Folkloric Dance in Australia en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199329060 en_US
dc.author.idnumber ptabar@lau.edu.lb
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Intercultural Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 26 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1-2 en_US
dc.article.pages 139-157 en_US
dc.keywords Dabki en_US
dc.keywords Identity en_US
dc.keywords Ethnicity en_US
dc.keywords Home-building en_US
dc.keywords Class en_US
dc.keywords Gender en_US
dc.keywords Communitas en_US
dc.keywords Liminality en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07256860500074359 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Tabar, P. (2005). The Cultural and Affective Logic of the Dabki: A Study of a Lebanese Folkloric Dance in Australia. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 26(1-2), 139-157. en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07256860500074359

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