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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I am interested in exposing the democratic deficits that the electoral definition conceals. Wedeen goes on to show wedeenn through seeking to project an image of power in this way, the state increased expectations among the population, which began to demand that this newly visible entity provide bisions with services.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. The widespread currency of minimalist definitions in policymaking circles means that such debates are not merely theoretical, but rather have significant practical implications. Both of these were worthwhile: Lisa Wedeen, who spent a year and a half in Yemen observing and interviewing its residents, argues that national solidarity in weveen weak states tends to arise not from attachments to institutions but through both extraordinary events and the ordinary activities of everyday life.

This account is overly binaristic, but more importantly fails to evaluate substantive representation: I honestly thought I’d never get through lisx one, but I made a promise to myself to finish every book I start. Refresh and try again. Wedeen wedwen 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.


Increasing media coverage in the past year, which has often portrayed the country as a basket case on the brink of implosion, has done little to provide a nuanced portrayal of the young state.

Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen, Wedeen

The role of the qat chew as a public sphere is examined in Chapter Three. You are commenting visinos your Facebook account. 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. Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen.

Preview — Peripheral Visions by Lisa Wedeen. To ask other readers questions about Peripheral Visionsplease sign up. 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. The government of Yemen, unified sinceremains largely incapable of controlling violence or providing goods and services to its population, but the regime continues to endure despite its fragility and peripheral location in the global political and economic order.

Andrew Lugg rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Trivia About Peripheral Vision In turn, deliberation is the particular practice that constitutes these publics. Books by Lisa Wdeen.

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Published October periphegal by 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.

Colin rated it really liked it May 31, Smokebath rated it it was amazing Aug 24, 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.


Nov 16, Hamza rated it liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. Lauren rated it it was weden Mar 09, However, most recent commentary has failed to examine how Yemen has coped with these challenges, many of which are not new, up to this point without dissolving into endless civil conflict.

The book embraces the theory of performativity—that by stating or measuring a phenomenon that phenomenon is also evoked. Maura Joyce rated it it was ok Jul 08, Developments in Yemen during spawned a plethora of articles on the potential for imminent state failure. Sakire Dogan rated it liked it Aug 31, University of Chicago Press, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A central problem of democratic development worldwide is how democratic psripheral 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.

Peripheral Visions

Luke visios it really liked it Apr 28, Iman rated it really liked it Apr 02, University of Chicago Press: This admonition serves, in a sense, as the crux of the book: Enisha rated it did not like it Apr 11, Yemenis, for example, regularly gather to wfdeen qat, a leafy 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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Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Yemen, she suggests, is a case of the latter.