LISA WEDEEN PERIPHERAL VISIONS PDF

Add to basket Add to wishlist Description The government of Yemen, unified since , remains largely incapable of controlling violence or providing goods and services to its population, but the regime continues to endure despite its fragility and peripheral location in the global political and economic order. Revealing what holds Yemen together in such tenuous circumstances, "Peripheral Visions" shows how citizens form national attachments even in the absence of strong state institutions. Lisa Wedeen, who spent a year and a half in Yemen observing and interviewing its residents, argues that national solidarity in such weak states tends to arise not from attachments to institutions but through both extraordinary events and the ordinary activities of everyday life. Yemenis, for example, regularly gather to chew at, a leafy drug similar to caffeine, as they engage in wide-ranging and sometimes influential public discussions of even the most divisive political and social issues.

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Aratilar Account Options Sign in. Essentially, Wedeen visuons, Przeworski holds the definition of democracy to be the presence of contested elections. Yemen, she suggests, is a case of the latter. Building on previous arguments in the book, she stresses that a zero-sum approach, in which nationalist and religious identifications are not seen to be compatible, ignores the ways in which the two can and do coexist. Contact Contact Us Help. University of Chicago Press: The book presents challenging but refreshing discussions of nationalism, democracy and identity in a way that prioritizes experience on the ground over comfortable theoretical assumptions.

Ultimately, her skillful evocations of such practices shift attention away from a narrow focus on government institutions and electoral competition and toward the substantive experience of participatory politics. Want to Read saving…. Cultural and Social Anthropology. Irsyad Rafsadie rated it really liked it Oct 22, She then disputes assertions that the social services provided by Liisa groups in response to hardships inflicted by economic reforms act to delegitimize states, pointing out that many groups involved in such activities peripheeral within a national framework that they do not contest or seek to undermine.

Carolina Ivanescu Social Anthropology. Clare rated it really liked it Feb 04, A weak state but a strong, communally-oriented people with multiple public spheres: You are commenting using your Twitter account. For more information, or peripheal order this book, please visit https: Yemenis, for example, regularly gather to chew qat, a leafy drug similar to caffeine, as they engage in wide-ranging and sometimes influential public discussions of even the most divisive political and social issues.

Notify me of new comments via email. The government of Yemen, unified sinceremains largely incapable of controlling violence or providing goods and services to its population, but the regime continues to endure despite its fragility and peripheral location in the global political and economic order.

Let me preface this by pwripheral that I know nothing about Yemen, so the case itself is not of particular interest to me. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. While these developments enabled the creation of the new state, Wedeen viskons that there is no necessary link between feelings of national solidarity and political stability, given that national identifications can be used to lias a regime as well as to support it.

Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen, Wedeen The government of Yemen, unified sinceremains largely incapable of controlling violence or providing goods and services to its population, but the regime continues to endure despite its fragility and peripheral location in the global political and economic order.

Thanks for sharing this review, Andy. Having posed these questions, Wedeen goes on to explain in the introduction why Yemen is a good case study for a discussion of the making of national attachments and their relationship to political order: Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Increasing media coverage in the past year, which has often portrayed the country as a basket case on the brink of implosion, has done little to provide a nuanced portrayal of the young state.

Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen Wedeen also dismisses those who argue that neoliberal economic policies can in themselves explain the surge in Islamist feeling, pointing out that the trend was underway in Yemen before structural adjustment programs were implemented.

The book embraces the theory of performativity—that by stating or measuring a phenomenon that phenomenon is also evoked. Notify me of new posts via email. Allison rated it it was amazing Jun 06, Her focus is on the chew as performative practice p. Maggie rated it really liked it Jun 10, Wedeen argues that such gatherings, during which lengthy discussions of pertinent local and national issues take place, represent democratic acts, but of a kind ignored by minimalist understandings of democracy that equate it to the existence of contested elections, regardless of the democratic or other nature of the broader environment.

Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria. Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen — Lisa Wedeen — Google Books She asks whether the weakness of some authoritarian states could in fact enhance the potential for political activism and critical debate, using the format of the Yemeni qat chew as a case study.

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Mokora Having posed these questions, Wedeen goes on to explain in the introduction why Yemen is a good case study for a discussion of vksions making of national attachments and their relationship to political order:. Mar 27, Rinke rated it really liked it. Why does Yemen hold together to the extent that it does? It is conceivable, Wedeen suggests, that a minimally democratic state might utterly fail at substantive representation; and even that a state in which some perkpheral of substantive representation exists might not have truly competitive elections. This research was complemented by a study of existing academic literature, poetry, songs, newspapers, NGO reports and recordings of Friday sermons, among other things. Peripneral rated it liked it Nov 06, Yemenis, for example, regularly gather to chew qat, a leafy drug similar to caffeine, as they engage in wide-ranging and sometimes influential public discussions of even the most divisive political and social issues. She then disputes assertions that the social services provided by Islamist groups in response to hardships inflicted by economic reforms act to delegitimize states, pointing out that many groups involved in such activities operate within a national framework that they do not contest or seek to undermine.

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Malagar It is one of a new breed of books about Middle East politics that upend our understanding of political concepts, introduce texture and depth into theories of politics, and show the way forward. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Peripheral Visions To ask other readers questions about Peripheral Visionsvisjons sign up. I had to reread several passages over and over, and sometimes still did not quite grasp what they were trying to say. Trivia About Peripheral Vision Her focus is on the chew as performative practice p.

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Peripheral Visions : Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen

Aratilar Account Options Sign in. Essentially, Wedeen visuons, Przeworski holds the definition of democracy to be the presence of contested elections. Yemen, she suggests, is a case of the latter. Building on previous arguments in the book, she stresses that a zero-sum approach, in which nationalist and religious identifications are not seen to be compatible, ignores the ways in which the two can and do coexist. Contact Contact Us Help. University of Chicago Press: The book presents challenging but refreshing discussions of nationalism, democracy and identity in a way that prioritizes experience on the ground over comfortable theoretical assumptions. Ultimately, her skillful evocations of such practices shift attention away from a narrow focus on government institutions and electoral competition and toward the substantive experience of participatory politics.

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