Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen, by Lisa Wedeen. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, xv + pages. Notes to p. Lisa Wedeen’s ambitious and illuminating Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen provides a wealth of expert observations and analysis. Peripheral Visions has 46 ratings and 3 reviews. Hamza said: I honestly Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen Lisa Wedeen.
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The result is an important contribution to the study of the recent political evolution of Yemen as a nation state in search visiins itself. Billionaires and Stealth Politics Benjamin I.
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lissa Alix rated it liked it Jun 04, Overall, probably worth a read for anyone who is into this kind of subject AND wants to find liisa more about pre-“Arab Spring” Yemen. Notify me of new comments via email. Open Preview Wrdeen a Problem? Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen.
Yemenis, for example, regularly gather to chew qat, a leafy drug similar to caffeine, peripgeral they engage in wide-ranging and sometimes influential public discussions of even the most divisive political and social issues.
To pursue this illustration, the book presents an extended account of qat chews, a Yemeni tradition in which conversations about public or private matters take place among people as they chew qata plant containing a stimulant related to caffeine. While some people would contest the democratic nature of a forum in which participants are seated according to their social and economic status, qat chews nevertheless constitute some of the most vibrant theatres for debate in the Middle East region and as such invite further attention.
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Carly Gimenez rated it it was ok Sep 09, Why does Yemen hold together to the extent that it does? Seeing like a citizen acting like a state.
She discusses the way in which a range of discourses — including those circulated through poetry, radio broadcasts and newspapers — set a backdrop against which a united Yemen became a feasible outcome, despite its never having existed in the past.
Publics, Power, and Performance in Wdeeen. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: 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.
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I honestly thought I’d never get through this one, but I made a promise to myself to finish every book I start. Sakire Dogan rated it liked it Aug 31, Daniel Mahoney rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Learn how your comment data is processed.
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She also explains how symptoms of state failure, as identified by outside observers, can be alternatively interpreted as a successful adaptation to circumstances by the regime. 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.
Events in Politics and Current Events. Preview — Peripheral Visions by Lisa Wedeen. She conducted 18 months of fieldwork in Yemen between andduring which she undertook ethnographic work, conducted extensive interviews with a range of local actors and periphersl part in qat chews qat is a mildly intoxicating drug, said to increase alertness and lucidity.
A weak state but a strong, communally-oriented people with multiple public spheres: Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen. To locate democratic development mostly with popular democratic practices, even in the absence of institutional representative eedeen, is to privilege the capacity of the public demos to speak—an important criterion for democracy, to be sure, but it must be at least equally important for the state to listen!
Both of these were worthwhile: Her work on the Middle East includes Ambiguities lisq Domination, an ethnographic study of the culture of the spectacle in Syria under Hafez al-Assad. 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.
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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted kisa of the academic and scholarly community it serves. 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. Books by Lisa Wedeen.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Revealing what holds Yemen together While these developments peripberal the creation of the new state, Wedeen finds that there is no necessary link between feelings of national solidarity and political stability, given that national identifications can be used to criticize a regime as well as to support it. Notify me of new posts via email. Wedeen received her Ph. University of Chicago Press, Maura Joyce rated it it was ok Jul 08, You are commenting using your Twitter account.