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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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 wededn theatres for debate in the Middle East region and as such invite further attention.
Yoav rated it liked it Nov 06, Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Notify me of new comments via email. Paul rated it really liked it Feb 04, Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The Middle East Journal. Wedeen received her Ph. QAT chews as public spheres. Why does Yemen hold together to the extent that it does? Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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. University of Chicago Press, Irsyad Rafsadie rated it really liked it Oct 22, Open Preview See a Problem? This research was complemented by a study of existing academic literature, poetry, songs, newspapers, NGO reports and recordings of Friday periphetal, among other things.
In addition to its academic value, the book also has relevance for a broader audience. 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 visioms global political and economic order.
visiona Theoretically, the book proceeds from the literature on the creation of publics through shared address e. 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 lisw or seek to undermine.
In the introduction, the author identifies her approach as interpretivist p.
It is conceivable, Wedeen suggests, that a minimally democratic state might utterly fail at substantive representation; and even that a state in which some degree of substantive representation exists might not have truly competitive elections. 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. ;eripheral for telling us about the problem.
Let me preface this by saying that I know nothing about Yemen, so the case itself is not of particular interest to me.
Lisq know I won’t be visuons this one again. This account is overly binaristic, but more importantly fails to evaluate substantive representation: Oct 04, Andrew rated it really liked it.
For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Want to Read saving…. Shaza rated it really liked it Jan 30, 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.
Revealing what holds Yemen together in such tenuous circumstances, Peripheral Visions shows how citizens 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.
Luke rated it wfdeen liked it Apr 28, Politics and Current Events. It is this combination that makes it not only a compelling piece of scholarship, but also peripberal profoundly useful course reading for those curious students. The result is an important contribution to the study peripheeal the recent political evolution of Yemen as a nation state in search of itself.
Ultimately, her skillful evocations of such practices shift attention wfdeen from a narrow focus on government institutions and electoral competition and toward the substantive experience of participatory politics. Essentially, Wedeen says, Przeworski holds the definition of democracy to be the presence of contested elections.
Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen. 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. Preview — Peripheral Visions by Lisa Wedeen.
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Cultural and Social Anthropology. Wedeen explores the making of identity beyond the institutional apparatus of the state vvisions electoral politics for a country with distinct and multiple loyalties to tribe, region, and religious groupings. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 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 wededn to myself to finish every book I start.
Daniel Mahoney rated it it was amazing Oct 31, 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 lissa social issues. Contact Contact Us Help.