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the dialogics of tribal self-representation in Jordan

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Bedouin tribes have come to symbolize Jordan's national identity. The symbolization of tribes and the tribalism discourse of which it is a part have dialogically influenced tribal self-representations. In response to the denigration of tribal culture by its critics and the appropriation of tribal culture by the State as the keystone of Jordan's national heritage, the tribes of Jordan are reconceiving and reevaluating their culture. Two examples from the tribes of the Jordan Valley–the changing meanings associated with traditional Bedouin dresses and a local exhibition of tribal culture–illustrate the dialogic process by which the tribes of Jordan are constituting themselves in a changing world. [Jordan, tribes, nationalism, representation, dialogism]

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