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Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa
Gender, Media, and Resistance

Kimberly Wedeven Segall

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3343-3    |    2013

ebook 978-0-8156-5256-4

"A bold attempt to recreate the mindscapes of the South African and Iraqi worlds that were under the jackboot of tyranny and repressive governance."—African Studies Quarterly

"Segall reminds the reader of the importance of performance in creating national collective memories and histories that enable mourning and healing, particularly music, poems and dance. In this sense, the arts transcend their entertainment role and make collective political claims."—Journal of International Women’s Studies

"With literary skill, Segall gently guides the reader through the contours of blogs, performed protests, plays, books and even witchcraft to explore the symbolic realms of those who ‘perform democratic desire with diverse claims’ beyond the lens of the mainstream media."—Journal of Peace Education

"Kimberly Segall’s book draws our attention to the use of media, art and popular culture by ordinary people living through extraordinary times. She highlights the role of affect and emotion in resisting, negotiating, understanding and coping with dramatic and sometimes violent political change. In so doing, she deconstructs and reconstructs identities both within and across national boundaries, helping us to think about familiar political events in unfamiliar ways."—Nicola Pratt, coauthor of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq

"Provides a thoughtful, thorough, and truly nuanced view and analysis of the social and cultural impacts of war, social unrest, and political violence over time and across geographic spaces."—Jennifer Fluri, Dartmouth College

  Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa

  Kimberly Wedeven Segall is professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and affiliate faculty of gender, women, and sexuality studies at the University of Washington.

6 x 9, 288 pages, 10 b/w illustrations, notes, bibliography, appendix, index

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