Naseem Tarawnah

Pop Patriotism: The Picture that Tells a Story

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REUTERS: Jordan fans hold pictures of Jordan’s King Abdullah during their 2014 World Cup Asian zone qualifying soccer match against China in Amman September 6, 2011.

This photo caught my eye today. The front row is occupied by the same photo of the King (which I assume was handed out and/or sold at the stadium), while the second row is mostly flags, and then the third row features an “I Love Jordan” t-shirt train. As random as this arrangement obviously is, it reminds me how pop-patriotism often plays out in Jordan, with the King always upfront as the primary expression of nationalism, followed by, followed by, followed by.

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