Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life

  title={Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life},
  author={Marwan M. Kraidy},
Introduction: beyond al-Jazeera 1. Screens of contention: the battle for Arab viewers 2. Voting Islam off the island? Big Brother in Bahrain 3. The Saudi-Lebanese connection 4. Contesting reality: Star Academy and Islamic authenticity in Saudi Arabia 5. Gendering reality: Kuwait in the eye of the storm 6. A battle of nations: Superstar and the Syrian-Lebanese media war 7. The 'new Middle East'? Reality television and the 'independence intifada' Conclusion: performing politics, taming modernity… 

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