Download e-book for kindle: Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols by Lisa Wedeen

By Lisa Wedeen

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

Wedeen indicates how such flagrantly fictitious claims have been capable of produce a politics of public dissimulation during which electorate acted as though they respected the chief. through inundating everyday life with drained symbolism, the regime exercised a sophisticated, but potent kind of energy. The cult labored to implement obedience, set off complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set instructions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen‘s ethnographic learn demonstrates how Syrians well-known the disciplinary facets of the cult and sought to undermine them. In a brand new preface, Wedeen discusses the rebellion opposed to the Syrian regime that all started in 2011 and questions the usefulness of the concept that of legitimacy in attempting to examine and comprehend authoritarian regimes.

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