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Picturing Casablanca

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In Picturing Casablanca, Susan Ossman probes the shape and texture of mass images in Casablanca, from posters, films, and videotapes to elections, staged political spectacles, and changing rituals. In a fluid style that blends ethnographic narrative, cultural reportage, and the author's firsthand experiences, Ossman sketches a radically new vision of Casablanca as a place where social practices, traditions, and structures of power are in flux.

Ossman guides the reader through the labyrinthine byways of the city, where state bureaucracy and state power, the media and its portrayal of the outside world, and people's everyday lives are all on view. She demonstrates how images not only reflect but inform and alter daily experience. In the Arab League Park, teenagers use fashion and flirting to attract potential mates, defying traditional rules of conduct. Wedding ceremonies are transformed by the ubiquitous video camera, which becomes the event's most important spectator. Political leaders are molded by the state's adept manipulation of visual media.

From Madonna videos and the TV's transformation of social time, to changing gender roles and new ways of producing and disseminating information, the Morocco that Ossman reveals is a telling commentary on the consequences of colonial planning, the influence of modern media, and the rituals of power and representation enacted by the state.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-240) and index.

About the Author

Susan Ossman is Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology at UC Riverside.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520084032
Author:
Ossman, Susan
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Casablanca (Morocco)
Subject:
Casablanca (Morocco) Civilization.
Subject:
Casablanca
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
76
Publication Date:
19941231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9.01x6.03x.72 in. .94 lbs.

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