Lisa Wedeen's Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols PDF

By Lisa Wedeen

ISBN-10: 022633337X

ISBN-13: 9780226333373

Treating rhetoric and emblems as relevant instead of peripheral to politics, Lisa Wedeen’s groundbreaking publication bargains a compelling counterargument to those that insist that politics is essentially approximately fabric pursuits and the teams advocating for them. in the course of the thirty-year rule of President Hafiz al-Asad’s regime, his photograph used to be in all places. In newspapers, on tv, and through orchestrated spectacles. Asad was once praised because the “father,” the “gallant knight,” even the country’s “premier pharmacist.” but such a lot Syrians, together with those that create the legitimate rhetoric, didn't think its claims. Why could a regime spend scarce assets on a character cult whose content material is patently spurious?

Wedeen indicates how such flagrantly fictitious claims have been in a position to produce a politics of public dissimulation during which voters acted as though they respected the chief. via inundating lifestyle with drained symbolism, the regime exercised a refined, but potent type of strength. The cult labored to implement obedience, result in complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set directions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen‘s ethnographic study demonstrates how Syrians famous the disciplinary elements of the cult and sought to undermine them. In a brand new preface, Wedeen discusses the rebellion opposed to the Syrian regime that started in 2011 and questions the usefulness of the idea that of legitimacy in attempting to examine and comprehend authoritarian regimes.

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