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Violence and Representation in the Arab Uprisings

Violence and Representation in the Arab Uprisings

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  • Publication planned for: December 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108748261

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  • Providing a longue durée perspective on the Arab uprisings of 2011, Benoît Challand narrates the transformation of citizenship in the Arab Middle East, from a condition of latent citizenship in the colonial and post-independence era to the revolutionary dynamics that stimulated democratic participation. Considering the parallel histories of citizenship in Yemen and Tunisia, Challand develops innovative theories of violence and representation that view cultural representations as calls for a decentralized political order and democratic accountability over the security forces. He argues that a new collective imaginary, or the collective force of the people, emerged as a force in 2011, representing itself as the sovereign power that could decide when violence ought to be used to protect all citizens from corrupt power. Shedding light upon uprisings in Yemen, Tunisia, but also elsewhere in the Middle East, this book offers deeper insights into conceptions of violence, representation, and democracy.

    • Provides a longue durée and inter-disciplinary perspective on modern Middle Eastern history, facilitating a deeper understanding of the Arab uprisings' historical contexts and legacies
    • Expands theoretical conceptions of citizenship and democracy in a relational manner, considering the Arab Middle East as a source of democratic theory rather than simply applying 'Western' theory to the Middle East
    • Offers an historical account of the relationship between violence and representation in the Arab world, showing how violence and democracy are connected
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Empirically rich and theoretically compelling, Challand's book has much to tell us about how informality generates formal political change, collective imaginaries and “latent citizenship”, and how violence, creatively understood, responds to the shackles of what can appear to be an unshakable reality. A splendid work that communicates with theory from the Global South and helps us rethink democratic theory based on the Arab uprisings.' Mohammed Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh

    ‘An outstanding and unique work which provides the reader with an enticing account of the place of political violence and a fascinating analysis of the role of representation in and around the Arab revolutions. It is an intellectually fluent work which expands our understanding of these events and their aftermath.' Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Geneva Graduate Institute

    ‘Benoit Challand, combining historical and contemporary research, brings an original perspective to the analysis of the Arab Spring. Comparing Tunisia and Yemen through their colonial histories and contemporary conflicts, he explores the role of violence in popular protests, their representations in graffiti and the emergence of new forms of citizenship.' Bryan S. Turner, Australian Catholic University and the Graduate Center CUNY

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108748261
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2022
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Prolegomenon: a two-layered book
    Part I. The Making of Latent Citizenship:
    1. Revisiting the foundations of citizenship: the Colonial era
    2. Post-independence aspirations, security custodianship and latent citizenship
    Part II. Informal Revolutionary Practices (2011–2014):
    3. The three facets of vis populi: re-articulating active citizenship
    4. Revolutionary crossroads: security reform and the limits of informalism
    Part III. Embattled Revolutionary Legacies (2014–2021):
    5.Two tales of decentralization
    6. Strong men syndrome and the re-subjectivation of citizenship

  • Author

    Benoît Challand, The New School, New York
    Benoît Challand is Associate Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. He has published widely on civil society in the Middle East, including Palestinian Civil Society: Foreign Donors and the Power to Promote and Exclude (2009), The Arab Uprisings and Foreign Assistance (co-edited with F. Bicchi and S. Heydemann, 2016), and Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory and Identity (co-authored with Chiara Bottici, 2013).

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