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Between strategic nostalgia and banal nomadism: explorations of transnational subjectivity among Arab audiences

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 (2013) Between strategic nostalgia and banal nomadism: explorations of transnational subjectivity among Arab audiences. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 16 (1). pp. 23-39. ISSN 1367-8779

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1367877912441429


This article discusses a bipolar and highly politicized set of positions adopted by Arab speakers in Europe, as they attempt to define the meanings and limits of their subjectivity, especially through their media consumption. The article draws from focus group research in three European capital cities: London, Madrid and Nicosia. Findings show that media consumption among Arabic-speaking audiences takes a political twist and contributes to blurring the boundaries between citizenship and identity. In trying to find a place between different cultural spaces and also between (or beyond) conflicting political spheres, participants adopt a number of strategic positions. This article focuses on two of the most often recurring ones, referred to as strategic nostalgia and banal nomadism. I argue that these positions represent discursive versions of a transnational strategy to manage presence and visibility within the tense and contradictory ideological environments they occupy.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 12:42
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 23:13
Projects: n 217480
Funders: European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013

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