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Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen By Lisa Wedeen,

  • Title: Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen
  • Author: Lisa Wedeen
  • ISBN: 9780226877914
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • The government of Yemen, unified since 1990, 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 citizensThe government of Yemen, unified since 1990, 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 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 These lively debates exemplify Wedeen s contention that democratic, national, and pious solidarities work as ongoing, performative practices that enact and reproduce a citizenry s shared points of reference 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.
    Peripheral Visions Publics Power and Performance in Yemen 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 fragili

    One thought on “Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen”

    1. I honestly thought I d never get through this one, but I made a promise to myself to finish every book I start It wasn t terrible, but I suppose I m just not used to reading political science writing outside of a college setting While some parts namely those that went into detail about aspects of Yemeni society were quite interesting, a lot of the long winded explanations of certain anthropological concepts left my head spinning I had to reread several passages over and over, and sometimes still [...]

    2. Superinteresting work of a cultural anthropologist about the difference between legitimatie power in the eyes of a government, and legitimacy in the eyes of its people.

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