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Playing across a DivideIsraeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters$
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Benjamin Brinner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.001.0001

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Roots in the Past, Routes to the Future

Roots in the Past, Routes to the Future

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Playing across a Divide

Benjamin Brinner

Oxford University Press

Despite the seemingly endless, cyclical nature of conflict in the region, tremendous change has occurred since the early 1990s, much of it outside the spotlight of news coverage. Alongside the hardening of divisions, such as the rise to power of Hamas and the entrenchment of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, there have been signs of readiness to compromise, to enter into meaningful relationships across deep divisions. Musicians in the ethnic music scene in Israel are participating in Erlmann's “reconfiguration of space and cultural identity.” The “musical imaginary” offered by the musicians, and which the author presents here, alters the boundaries between social categories and “prefigures emergent, real forms of socio-cultural identity or alliance,” to use a formulation proposed by Georgina Born and David Hesmondhalgh.

Keywords:   cyclical nature, conflict, change, Jewish settlers, West Bank, musical imaginary, Georgina Born, David Hesmondhalgh

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