Resisting subalternity: Palestinian mimicry and passing in the Israeli cultural industries

Amal Jamal*, Noa Lavie

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This article explores the complexity of minority creative workers in the media industry. It challenges the common notion in the literature that minority creative workers are fully submissive to the dominant power structure and examines whether such workers could still be conceived as active agents by resisting submission and marginalization even when they cannot influence their own representation in hegemonic media texts. To answer this question, it explores the performances of minority creative workers in a hegemonic cultural industry. To determine whether one can speak of subaltern agency and, if possible, examine how it manifests itself in reality, it addresses the daily performances of Palestinian creative workers during the production of the second season of the Israeli television series, Fauda. Observations conducted during production demonstrate that since in such contexts minority creative workers cannot avoid being projected in negative roles in the media text, they adopt creative subversive practices of passing and transgressive mimicry, resisting full compliance with the production, without endangering their own position. By doing so, the article contributes not only to the emerging field of creative entrepreneurship in cultural production, but also enables determination of common practices of creative subversion in the cultural industries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1293-1308
Number of pages16
JournalMedia, Culture and Society
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation845/17


    • Fauda
    • Israel
    • Palestinian minority
    • creative workers
    • cultural industry
    • subaltern agency


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