The anthropology of transition

Reading extracts of folk and popular music in post-revolution Tunisia

Francosphères (2015), 4, (2), 141–156.


Popular and folk music have been closely scrutinized since the outburst of the uprisings in the Arab world in 2011. Whether we choose to see art as a seismometer that foretells of social unrest before it even breaks out, or as an outcome of these waves, there is a growing interest in reading art as an effective measure of social unrest. The upsurge of digital technology in the first decade of the third millennium led to the popularization of forms of art that were previously less well known. In Tunisia, there’s a growing belief that the proliferation of all forms of popular art was the inevitable outcome of a more globally interconnected world, resulting in the emergence of genres of popular art and folk art which have long remained restricted to oral communication or to narrow circles of youth culture.


Author details

Jouili, Mohammed

Yacoubi, Imen