and the Ethnographic Endeavor:
The Case of Syrian Drama
This paper examines
the recent expansion of the Syrian drama industry, based on
preliminary fieldwork among cultural producers. Privatization
and regionalization have spurred transformations within the
industry, reflecting those taking place within Syrian society
and the Syrian polity more generally. The proliferation of television
products, channels, and audience access necessitates a rethinking
of ethnographic approaches to Arab television. Field research
within an industry that increasingly encompasses entire artistic
and intellectual communities provides one answer to the methodological
challenges emerging from transnationalism.
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