Life as politics: how ordinary people change the Middle East In this eye- opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule . PDF | This document is a short summary of Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East by Asef Bayat, using USAID guidelines. Life as Politics is a collection of essays and fieldwork articles originally published by Asef Bayat in a range of academic outlets between the.
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Preview — Life as Politics by Asef Bayat. In the popular imagination, the Muslim Middle East is frozen in its own ppolitics and history—a land of mosques and minarets, veiled women, despotic regimes, and desert sand.
But this assumption fails to recognize that social and political change comes in many guises. In this eye-opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule, religious mo In the popular imagination, the Muslim Middle East llfe frozen in its own traditions and history—a land of mosques and minarets, veiled women, despotic regimes, and desert sand.
In this eye-opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule, religious moral authorities, and economic elites, ordinary people can make meaningful change through the practices of everyday life. Though not as visible on the world-stage as a mass protest or a full-scale revolution, millions of people across the Middle East are discovering or creating new social spaces within which to make their claims heard.
The street vendor who sets up his business in the main square, squatters who take over public parks, Muslim youth who frequent public hangouts in blue politcs, and protestors ploitics march in the streets, poor housewives who hang their wash in the alleyways, and educated women who pursue careers doing “men’s work”—all these people challenge the state’s control and implicity question the established public order through their daily activities. Though not coordinated in their activities, these “non-movements” offer a political response, not of protest but of practice and direct daily action.
Offering a window into the complex social processes in a too-often misunderstood part of the world, this unique book provides a much-needed Middle Eastern perspective on global debates over the meaning of social movements and the dynamics of social change. Hardcoverpages.
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Reviewed the book for a course, an excerpt: The theoretical framework of the three is pretty much the same. The idea of the quiet encroachment of the ordinary was detailed comprehensively in as the backbone of Street Politics.
The real point of departure of Life as Politics from the other two is in fact finding a name for what Bayat had described previously but could not name it, that is to say nonmovments.
Bayat demonstrates that nonmovements would transform into contentious politics and social movements when opportunities for mobilized activism become available p. The coincident of this statement and the revolutionary waves in the Middle East in late was indeed fortunate for the fate of asrf book.
This is interesting how in spite of the fact that Bayat has been repeating himself in a number of essays and books, his contribution gained scholarly attention the most efficiently and this can be a topic for discussion regarding how the incidents of real world may impact the life of academic works and their visibility. Nonmovements effect change through action instead of ideology; practice in place of protest; ordinary acts rather than contentious ones; and, through the participation of many, who need not be unified to be effective.
Asef Bayat is one of, if not the most concise, eloquent, and dynamic socio-political commentators of our time. He was in Tahrir Square during the majority of the uprisings and I highly live all of his published works.
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I give this a 3 and a half only because I read it after I read “Making Islam Democratic” by the same author, and whole parts of this are directly taken from that work, so it became repetitive.
If I hadn’t read that other one first, the rating would be more like a 4 or 4. Jan 06, Ashton rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Effectively explains the current social and political situation in the Middle East such as the causes of the Arab Spring, and the true significance of the rise of Islamism. Ahmad rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Lisa rated it really liked it Apr 03, Keith rated it really liked it Jan 14, Sirlaughalot rated it really liked it Apr 05, Wessam El-Deweny rated it it was amazing Jul 29, Ahmed Azab rated it liked it Oct 15, Mahmoud Ahmed rated it it was amazing May 09, Tugba rated it really liked it Dec 13, Simcha rated it really liked it Jul 25, Nick rated it really liked it Dec 26, Ekaterina rated it liked it Mar 25, Melis rated it really liked it Nov 25, Zeynab rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Ahmed Alowfi rated it liked it Jan 29, Shadab rated it liked it Dec 27, Begum Zorlu rated it it was amazing Aug 16, Paige Chambers rated it really liked it Feb 11, Shiva Sh rated it really liked it Dec 07, Narimen rated it liked it Jun 09, Lydia rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Daphne Mulder rated it really liked it Oct 14, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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