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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Notify me of new posts via email. Wedeen received her Ph. In addition to writing and teaching, Wedeen sits on the Editorial Collective of Public Culture, an interdisciplinary journal of transnational cultural studies. In turn, deliberation is the particular practice that constitutes these publics. Overall, probably worth a read for anyone who is into this kind of subject AND wants to find out more about pre-“Arab Spring” Yemen.
Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic visios scholarly community it serves. Notify me of new comments via email. Ethnographic though it is, then, the book insists on a causal narrative that attaches practices to outcomes that can wedfen observed. While these developments enabled 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 lsia as to support it.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Allison rated it it was amazing Jun 06, Shaza rated it really liked it Jan 30, 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 took part in qat chews qat is a mildly intoxicating drug, said to increase alertness and lucidity.
The parts where the author expounds upon some overall concept with citations from other political science authors were so dull that I found myself getting frustrated whenever I was stuck on them for a bit.
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 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. 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.
Let me preface this by saying that I know nothing about Yemen, so the case itself is not of particular interest to me. 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. Her work on the Middle East includes Ambiguities of Domination, an ethnographic study of the culture of the spectacle in Syria under Hafez al-Assad.
Want to Read saving…. The book ends with a brief conclusion that summarizes key themes that have emerged in the preceding chapters. Wedeen argues that focusing on the performative aspects of politics allows for an appreciation of the contingency of solidarities and the fluid nature of identities.
Developments in Yemen during spawned a plethora of articles on the potential for imminent state failure. Laleh Khalili Times Higher Education. Daniel Mahoney rated it it was amazing Oct 31, 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: About Contact News Giving to the Press.
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. Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen provides a wealth of expert observations and analysis of this complex and frequently misunderstood country, dispelling a number of myths along the way.
A central problem of democratic development worldwide is how democratic publics are created, invoked, elicited, and measured, and much of the literature on this democratic development follows Habermas in privileging 18th- and 19th-century Europe as the breeding ground for these publics.
Wedeen goes on to show that through seeking to project an image of power in this way, the state increased expectations among the population, which began to demand that this newly visible entity provide them with services.
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Such a framework accounts for the fragility and contingency of solidarities in Smokebath rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Enisha rated it did not like it Peripherxl 11, Why does Yemen hold together to the extent that it does?
Thanks for telling us about the problem. This research was complemented by a study of existing academic literature, poetry, songs, newspapers, NGO reports and recordings of Friday sermons, among other things. The role of the qat chew as a public sphere is examined in Chapter Three.
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Iman rated it really liked it Apr 02, This admonition serves, in a sense, as the crux of the book: In the fourth chapter, Wedeen articulately dispels a number of common myths. Goodreads helps you keep track of books visiojs want to read.
Irsyad Rafsadie rated it really liked it Oct 22, 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.
For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria. Email required Address never made public. I had to reread several passages over and over, and sometime I honestly thought I’d never get through this one, but I made a promise to myself to finish every book I start.