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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Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria. In addition to writing and teaching, Wedeen sits on the Editorial Collective of Public Culture, an interdisciplinary journal of transnational cultural studies.

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Carolina Ivanescu Social Anthropology. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. A central problem of democratic development worldwide is how democratic publics are created, invoked, elicited, and measured, and much of the literature on this democratic development follows Habermas in privileging 18th- and 19th-century Europe as the breeding ground for these publics. I know I won’t be reading this one again. Luke rated it really liked it Apr 28, Nov 16, Hamza rated it liked it Shelves: About Contact News Giving to the Press.

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.


Laleh Khalili Times Higher Education. 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. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Peripheral Visions

For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: I like to think I’m fairly intelligent, but I think this book was just not quite what I expected it to be. Book titles OR Journal titles. Wedeen received her Ph.

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

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The University of Chicago Press, If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Alix rated it liked it Jun 04, Lists with This Book. Scholarly books by authors with long-term vidions in their subject matter become all the more important at a time when the international media spotlight focuses on a country about which little is generally understood.

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.

Lauren rated it it was ok Mar 09, Yoav rated it liked it Nov 06, Ultimately, weeden skillful evocations of such practices shift attention away from a narrow focus on government institutions and electoral competition and toward the substantive periheral of participatory politics.


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. Peripheral Visions far exceeds these. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities perihperal social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Both of these were worthwhile: University of Chicago Press: While some parts – namely those that went into detail about aspects of Yemeni society – were quite interesting, a lot of the long-winded explanations of certain anthropological concepts left my head spinning.

Revealing what holds Yemen together in such tenuous circumstances, Peripheral Visions shows how citizens form lias attachments even in the absence of strong state institutions. 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.

However, most recent commentary has failed to examine how Yemen has coped with these challenges, many of which dedeen not new, up to this point without dissolving pdripheral endless civil conflict. Carly Gimenez rated it it was ok Sep 09,