This book presents a collection of papers having a common theme in the question of modernity and mass culture. Two papers discuss aspects of this theme in a general, global context, all the others are concerned more specifically with the regional context of the Middle East.
1. Introduction Part I: Mass Culture: General Perspectives 2. Consumer Culture, Symbolic Power and Universalism 3. Sport as a Form of Mass Entertainment 4. Local Communities and Mass Culture 5. Consommation et decalages culturels en Egypte Part II: Features of Islam and Popular Culture 6. Components of Popular Culture in the Middle East 7. Mass Culture and Islamic Populism 8. Mass Culture and Islamic Cultural Production in 19th Century Middle East Part III: Popular Culture and the Nation State 9. Popular Culture and State Power 10. Life within the Informal Sectors: Tunesia and Egypt in the 1970s Part IV: Social Life and Popular Culture in Transition: Case Studies from Cairo 11. Popular Culture versus Mass Culture: The Social Dynamics in a Popular Cairene Quarter - A Case Study 12. Popular Culture and Consumerism in Underdeveloped Urban Areas: A Study of the Cairene Quarter of AI – Sharrabiyya