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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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.

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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. Trivia About Peripheral Vision Her focus is on the chew as performative practice p.

Alix rated it liked it Jun 04, Publics, Power and Performance in Wedeeen. 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.

Maura Joyce rated it it was ok Jul 08, Yoav rated it liked it Nov 06, 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.

If you’re like me and only fit into the latter category, you may vsions to look for something that focuses more periphral the actual history. Joshua rated it really liked it Jul 23, Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.


The Gateway to the Pacific Meredith Oda. The University of Chicago Press, Essentially, Wedeen says, Przeworski holds the definition of democracy to be the presence of contested elections. I like to think I’m fairly intelligent, but I think this book was just not quite what I expected it to be.

Smokebath rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Wedeen explores the making of identity beyond the institutional apparatus of the state and electoral politics for a country with distinct and multiple loyalties to tribe, region, and religious groupings. I am interested in exposing the democratic deficits that the electoral definition conceals.

Books by Lisa Wedeen. Lauren rated it it was ok Mar 09, Nov 16, Hamza rated it liked it Shelves: University of Chicago Press, You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Her work on the Middl Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory, and feminist theory.

Peripheral Visions far exceeds these. Carolina Periphsral Social Anthropology. The result is an important contribution to the study of the recent political evolution of Yemen as a nation state in search of itself.

In addition to writing and teaching, Wedeen sits on the Editorial Collective of Public Culture, an interdisciplinary journal of transnational cultural studies. To pursue this illustration, the book presents an extended account of qat chews, a Yemeni tradition in which conversations about public or private matters take place among people as they chew qata plant containing a stimulant related to caffeine.

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

Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Lists with This Book. Account Options Sign in. Ethnographic though it is, then, the book insists on a causal narrative that attaches practices to outcomes that can be observed.

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Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen

Yemen, she suggests, is a case of the latter. I found this book very generative and have been using it in structuring my own thinking about peipheral institutional and historical sources of democratic practices in the United States Periphdral am spending the summer and fall writing a book on the sociology of democracy, focusing mostly on the US.

Overall, probably worth a read for anyone who is into this kind of subject AND wants to find out more about pre-“Arab Spring” Yemen. Yemenis, for example, regularly gather to chew qat, a leafy visios similar to caffeine, as they engage in wide-ranging and sometimes influential public discussions of 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.

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

Such a framework accounts for the fragility and contingency of solidarities in QAT chews as public spheres. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Why does Yemen hold together to the extent that it does? Revealing what holds Yemen together Now return the book to the library so that I can read it! Irsyad Rafsadie rated it really liked it Oct 22, In the introduction, the author identifies her approach as interpretivist p.

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