By Lisa Wedeen
Wedeen exhibits how such flagrantly fictitious claims have been in a position to 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 refined, but powerful type of strength. The cult labored to implement obedience, result in complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set instructions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen‘s ethnographic examine demonstrates how Syrians famous the disciplinary features of the cult and sought to undermine them. In a brand new preface, Wedeen discusses the rebellion opposed to the Syrian regime that begun in 2011 and questions the usefulness of the idea that of legitimacy in attempting to study and comprehend authoritarian regimes.
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