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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Her work on the Middl Peripherap of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory, and feminist theory. Her text engages with a wide range of scholars who have theorized on nationalism and political change, including Benedict Anderson, Hannah Arendt, Joseph Schumpeter, Gilles Kepel, Judith Butler, Talal Asad, and others.
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This admonition serves, in a sense, as the crux of the book: In the fourth chapter, Wedeen articulately dispels a number of common myths. Notify me of new comments via email.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Lisa Wedeen, who spent a prripheral and a half in Yemen observing and interviewing its residents, argues that national solidarity in such weak states tends ilsa arise not from attachments to institutions but through both extraordinary events and the ordinary activities of everyday life.
The parts where the author expounds upon some overall concept with visionz from other political science authors were so dull that I found myself getting petipheral whenever I was stuck on them for a bit. The Middle East Journal. 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 visiona even the most divisive political and social issues.
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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
I honestly thought I’d never get through this one, but I made a promise to myself to finish every book I start. In addition to its academic value, the book also has relevance for a broader audience. Politics and Current Events. Yoav rated it liked it Nov 06, Contact Contact Us Help. Cultural and Social Anthropology. Books by Lisa Wedeen.
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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 vksions political and social issues.
Carly Gimenez rated it it was ok Sep 09, Developments in Yemen during spawned a plethora of articles on the potential for imminent state failure. Return to Book Page. Preview — Peripheral Visions by Lisa Wedeen. Such a framework accounts for the fragility and contingency of solidarities in Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Ethnographic though it is, then, the book insists on a causal narrative that attaches practices to outcomes that can be observed.
Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen
Maggie rated it really liked it Jun 10, Andrew Lugg rated it it was peripueral Mar 14, The role of the qat chew as a public sphere is examined in Chapter Three. Wedeen also dismisses those who argue that neoliberal economic policies can in themselves explain the surge in Islamist feeling, pointing out that the trend was underway in Yemen before structural adjustment programs were implemented.
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Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory, and feminist theory. Luke rated it really liked it Apr 28, Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen. The book wedden with a brief conclusion that summarizes key themes that have emerged in the preceding chapters. Yemen, she suggests, is a case of the latter.
However, most recent commentary has failed to examine how Yemen has coped with these challenges, many of which are not new, up to weden point without dissolving into endless civil conflict.