25 January 2017

Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice

What is 'Arab' about Arab subcultures? Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice is the first book to set out to delineate different ways of studying and theorising Arab subcultural practices and groups, including film, graffiti, music, live art performances, Arab techies, LGBT and youth subcultures.

Contributors tackle a number of questions including: How is the study of Arab subcultures to be theorised? How are we to analyse such creative processes in a new worldliness characterised by trans-temporality and trans-subjectivity?

Trans-subcultural theoretical approach

Notwithstanding the importance of cultural translation and epistemic situatedness, the contributors to this proposed volume champion a trans-subcultural theoretical approach that allows for an open, critical and interdisciplinary dialogue with different fields of enquiry including gender studies, anthropology, art criticism, cultural studies and sociology.  At the heart of this collection lies a key intellectual task: re-imagining the uneasy relationship between aesthetics and politics in contemporary Arab societies.

Layal Ftouni
Layal Ftouni

About the editors

Tarik Sabry is Reader in media and communication theory at the University of Westminster. Layal Ftouni is a staff member Genderstudies at Utrecht University.



  • Title: Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies
  • ISBN: 9781780769028 (hardback)