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Being Young and MuslimNew Cultural Politics in the Global South and North$
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Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369212.001.0001

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Heavy Metal in the Middle East: New Urban Spaces in a Translocal Underground

Heavy Metal in the Middle East: New Urban Spaces in a Translocal Underground

(p.325) 20 Heavy Metal in the Middle East: New Urban Spaces in a Translocal Underground
Being Young and Muslim

Pierre Hecker

Oxford University Press

Heavy metal scenes can be found throughout the Middle East as in almost any other region of the world. Although still marginal in terms of numbers and public attention, the metal scene in the region, particularly in urban centers in Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel, has developed its own infrastructure consisting of bands, magazines, independent labels, distributors, festivals, and bars. This chapter, based on two case studies from Turkey, explores the impact of newly emerging “metal spaces” on already existing social and public spaces. It considers aspects of both local embeddedness and of translocal connectivity to illustrate how youthful “metal heads” negotiate boundaries in everyday life. The first case study focuses on the emergence of Turkey’s very first rock bar, whereas the second case sheds light on cultural globalization and the translocal connectivity among metal heads of different ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds.

Keywords:   cultural globalization, heavy metal, Istanbul, Middle East, public space, translocal connectivity, Turkey

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