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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Let me preface this by saying that I know nothing about Yemen, so the case itself is not of particular interest to me. Allison rated it it was amazing Jun 06, Yemenis, for example, regularly gather to chew qat, a pdripheral 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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Now return the book to the library so that I can read it! Her focus is on the chew as performative practice p.

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Daniel Mahoney rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To ask other readers questions about Peripheral Visionsplease sign up. Best political science writing I’ve read in awhile. You are commenting using your WordPress. Maggie rated it really liked it Jun 10, The introduction goes on to set out the theoretical framework for the chapters that follow, first by revisiting literature on nationalism, and second by examining debates around performative politics: Paperbackpages.

Kyle Anderson rated it really liked it Jan 25, I like to think I’m fairly peri;heral, but I think this book was just not quite what I expected it to be.


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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. I had to reread several passages over and over, and sometimes still did not quite grasp what they were trying to say. Joshua rated it really liked it Jul 23, I know I won’t be reading this one again.

Scholarly books by authors with long-term engagement 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. University of Chicago Press: The book presents challenging but refreshing discussions of nationalism, democracy and identity in a way that prioritizes experience on the ground over comfortable theoretical assumptions.

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The result is an important contribution to the study of the peripehral political evolution of Yemen as a nation state in search of itself. 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.

Refresh and try again. She discusses the way in which a range of discourses — including those circulated through poetry, radio broadcasts and newspapers — set a backdrop against which a united Yemen became a feasible outcome, despite its never having existed in the past.

In sum, Peripheral Visions emphasizes the performative dimensions of political life, how persons are established as national through iterative performances of particular national acts, just as pious or democratic persons are produced through everyday enactments of piety and agonistic deliberation respectively.


Cultural and Social Anthropology. Nov 16, Hamza rated it liked it Shelves: However, most recent commentary has failed to examine how Yemen has coped with these challenges, many of which are not new, vvisions to this point without dissolving into endless civil conflict. 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.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Wedeen argues that such gatherings, during which lengthy discussions peripherql pertinent local and national issues take place, represent democratic acts, but of a kind ignored by minimalist understandings of democracy that equate it to the existence of contested elections, regardless of the democratic or other nature of the broader environment.

Revealing what holds Yemen together in such tenuous circumstances, Peripheral Visions lis how citizens form national attachments even in the absence of strong state institutions. Open Preview See a Problem? Mar 27, Rinke rated it really liked it. Seeing like a citizen acting like a state. Matthew Pinas rated it it was amazing Oct 25, In turn, deliberation is the particular practice that constitutes these publics.

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University of Chicago Press Amazon. In the fourth chapter, Oisa articulately dispels a number of common myths. 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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