Life as Politics

Life as Politics

How Ordinary People Change the Middle East

eBook - 2013
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"Prior to 2011, popular imagination perceived the Muslim Middle East as unchanging and unchangeable, frozen in its own traditions and history. In Life as Politics, Asef Bayat argues that such presumptions fail to recognize the routine, yet important, ways in which ordinary people make meaningful change through everyday actions. First published just months before the Arab Spring swept across the region, this timely and prophetic book sheds light on the ongoing acts of protest, practice, and direct daily action. The second edition includes three new chapters on the Arab Spring and Iran's Green Movement and is fully updated to reflect recent events. At heart, the book remains a study of agency in times of constraint. In addition to ongoing protests, millions of people across the Middle East are effecting transformation through the discovery and creation of new social spaces within which to make their claims heard. This eye-opening book makes an important contribution to global debates over the meaning of social movements and the dynamics of social change"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Stanford, California :, Stanford University Press,, [2013]
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780804786331
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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billy3280 Jun 17, 2015

The Mideast is no longer a caricature of its 20th century self with everyday folk nowadays empowered to transform their Arab world through the infusion of the dialectic of politics into their daily lives. Bayat's keen study about this complex coupling of politics and daily living in most of the world's 17 Arab states has the reader appreciate the steady brewing of a latent democratic fever.

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