Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.

The Mass Media and the Transformation of Collective Identity: Québec and Israel

The mass media and the transformation of collective identity: Québec and israel
DovShinar

The cases of Québec and Israel illustrate the shift of identities that typifies cultural transformation, social restructuration, and transitions between order and disorder. In Québec, the nationalist “projet de société” has worked to articulate a new Québécois collectivity. Among Diaspora Jews, the Zionist movement, combined with the Shoah (Holocaust), produced in 1948 a sovereign state, Israel. Both cases involve a rearticulation of collective identity through the development of particular relations between history and memory (Allor, Juteau, & Shepherd, 1994; Horowitz & Lissak, 1989; Smith, 2003). Québécois linguistic, political, and national feelings of uniqueness have been challenging federalist Canada. Political Zionism has been ...

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