9780226877914-0226877914-Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)

Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)

ISBN-13: 9780226877914
ISBN-10: 0226877914
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Wedeen, Lisa
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 320 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226877914
ISBN-10: 0226877914
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Wedeen, Lisa
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 320 pages

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Acknowledged authors Wedeen, Lisa wrote Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning) comprising 320 pages back in 2008. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0226877914 and 9780226877914. Since then Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.35 or rent at the marketplace.

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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 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.

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