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Arab Spring: Uprisings, Powers, Interventions

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Arab Spring

Uprisings, Powers, Interventions

Kjetil Fosshagen

122 pages, 1 illus., 21 tables, bibliog. Pocket Size 4.25” x 7”

ISBN  978-1-78238-465-6 $14.95/£11.95 Pb Published (March 2014)

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The events of the Arab Spring presented a dramatic reconstitution of politics and the public sphere through their aesthetic and performative uses of public space. Mass demonstrations have become a new global political form, grounded in the localization of globalizing processes, institutions, and relationships. This volume delves beneath the seemingly chaotic nature of events to explore the structural dynamics underpinning popular resistance and their support or suppression. It moves beyond what has usually been defined as Arab Spring nations to include critical views on Bahrain, the Palestinian territories, and Turkey. The research and analysis presented explores not just the immediate protests, but also the historical realization, appropriation, and even institutionalization of these critical voices, as well as the role of international criminal law and legal exceptionalism in authorizing humanitarian interventions. Above all, it questions whether the revolutions have since been hijacked and the broad popular uprisings already overrun, suppressed, or usurped by the upper classes.

Kjetil Fosshagen teaches in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen.

Subject: Anthropology (General)
Area: Middle East & Israel


Introduction: The Arab Spring: Revolutions or 1848 Reaction?
Kjetil Fosshagen

Chapter 1. Tahrir as Heterotopia: Spaces and Aesthetics of Egyptian Revolution
Paola Abenante

Chapter 2. Beyond the Arab Spring: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Popular Revolt and Protest, 2010-2012
Pnina Werbner, Martin Webb and Kathryn Spellman-Poots

Chapter 3. Emergency Law and Hypergovernance: Human Rights and Regime Change in the Arab Spring
Michael Humphrey

Chapter 4. The Promises and Limitations ­­of Economic Protests in the West Bank
Sohbi Samour

Chapter 5. Stability or Democracy? The Failed Uprising in Bahrain and the Battle for the International Agenda
Thomas Fibiger

Chapter 6. The Turkish Model for the Arab Spring: The Corporate Moralist State
Kjetil Fosshagen

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