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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. About Contact News Giving to the Press. Irsyad Rafsadie rated it really liked it Oct 22, Colin rated it really liked it May 31, The result is an important contribution to the study of the recent political evolution of Yemen as a nation state in search of itself. Goodreads helps you keep track visionw books you want to read. 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.

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Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Yemen had a badculminating in a claim of responsibility by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda franchise for the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack above Detroit. Wedeen goes on to show that through seeking to project an image of power in this way, the state increased expectations among the population, which began to demand that this newly visible entity provide them with services.

Oct 04, Andrew rated it really liked it.

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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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Laleh Khalili Times Higher Education. Nov 16, Hamza rated it liked it Shelves: I use the scare quotes because, as the book notes, they had never before been united. Account Options Sign in. I like to think I’m fairly intelligent, but I think this book was just not quite what I expected it to be.

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I honestly thought I’d never get through this one, but I made a promise to myself to finish every book I start. Carolina Ivanescu Social Anthropology. 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.

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Andrew Lugg rated it it was amazing Mar 14, 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. 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.

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. Theoretically, the book proceeds from the literature on the creation of publics through shared address e. Having posed these questions, Wedeen goes on to explain in the introduction why Yemen is a good case study for a discussion of the making of national attachments and their relationship to political order: The Middle East Journal.

It wasn’t terrible, but I suppose I’m just not used to reading political science writing outside of a college setting. 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. 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.

If you’re like me and only fit into the latter category, you may want to look for something that focuses more on the actual history. 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.

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.

View freely available titles: 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.

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Notify me of new comments via email. Ethnographic though it is, then, the book insists on a causal narrative that attaches practices to outcomes that can be observed. Seeing like a citizen acting like a state. 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.

Let me preface this by saying that I know nothing about Yemen, so the case itself is not of particular interest to me. Daniel Mahoney rated it it was amazing Oct 31, She also explains how symptoms of state failure, as identified by outside observers, can be alternatively interpreted as a lixa adaptation to circumstances by the regime. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Revealing what holds Perippheral together in such tenuous circumstances, Peripheral Visions shows how citizens form national attachments even in the absence perippheral strong state institutions. Thanks for sharing this review, Andy. Essentially, Wedeen says, Przeworski holds the definition of democracy to be the presence of contested elections.

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

Enisha rated it did not like it Apr 11, University of Chicago Press: Return to Book Page. 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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Contact Contact Us Help. 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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