Revolutionary Music in Lebanon and Egypt: Alternative Imaginaries for Self-representation and Participation
Sahar Bou Hamdan
Northwestern University in Qatar, Qatar
Georgetown University in Qatar, Qatar
ABSTRACT: Globally, mainstream media excludes or misrepresents many societal groups, resulting in significant community absences. In these contexts, alternative media plays a vital role in offering meaningful self-representation and political participation. This type of media becomes crucial in revolutionary contexts, where people rise against the injustices of their governments in hopes of change. This article offers a case study approach to revolutionary music in the Middle East, where we review the socio-economic and political contexts behind the emergence of alternative media in Lebanon and Egypt. We analyze our cases by using Bailey et al.’s (2007) comprehensive approaches to alternative media. We propose that revolutionary music evolves and adapts to larger changes in the public sphere. Still, as the article concludes, while music can enable a persistent community when demanding change, it does not guarantee an actual change in the political system.
Sahar Bou HamdanORCID:Northwestern University in Qatar, Qatar
Bouthaina El-KheshnORCID: 0000-0001-6038-1229Georgetown University in Qatar, Qatar