LISA WEDEEN PERIPHERAL VISIONS PDF

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.

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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.

The Middle East Journal. I use the scare quotes because, as the book notes, they had never before been united. Politics and Current Events. Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen. The widespread currency of minimalist definitions in policymaking circles means that such debates are not merely theoretical, but rather have significant practical implications.

The introduction goes on to set out the theoretical framework for the chapters that follow, first by revisiting literature on nationalism, and second by examining debates around performative politics: 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.

Essentially, Wedeen says, Przeworski holds the definition of democracy to be the presence of contested elections. Let me preface this by saying that I know nothing about Yemen, so the case itself is not of particular interest to me.

Wedeen asks the following at the outset: The book embraces the theory of performativity—that by stating or measuring a phenomenon that phenomenon is also evoked. Cultural and Social Anthropology. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Daniel Mahoney rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Want to Read saving…. Pedro dos Santos rated it liked it Nov 19, It is this combination that makes it not only a compelling piece of scholarship, but also a profoundly useful course reading for those curious students.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Preview — Peripheral Visions by Lisa Wedeen. Smokebath rated it it was amazing Aug wedeej, Besides a well-polished argument which makes the book a pleasure to read, Peripheral Visions engages with outstanding scholarship in fields ranging from feminism, anthropology to political theory.

Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen. The book ends with a brief conclusion that summarizes key themes that have emerged in the preceding chapters. Alix rated it liked it Jun 04, 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.

Scholarly books by authors with long-term engagement in their subject matter become all the more important at a time when the international media spotlight focuses on a country about which little is generally understood. Related Posts

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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.

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Peripheral Visions : Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen

It is this combination that makes it not only a compelling piece of scholarship, but also a profoundly useful course reading for those curious students preferably postgraduates who want to go beyond the commonplace definition of such congested concepts as "democracy", "identity", "nationalism" and "Islamic politics". Wedeen sets out to answer the question: "What makes a Yemeni a Yemeni? This entails looking at Yemeni unification, the ritual of chewing the plant qat for its stimulant properties, "sectarian" conflict in Yemeni hinterlands and Islamist pieties as lenses through which these concepts can be interrogated, deconstructed and rebuilt in more precise, nuanced and supple ways. Wedeen does this by combining richly textured ethnography with an erudite reading of political theories.

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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.

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