By Lisa Wedeen
Wedeen indicates 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. by way of inundating lifestyle with drained symbolism, the regime exercised a sophisticated, but potent 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 learn demonstrates how Syrians well-known 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 all started in 2011 and questions the usefulness of the idea that of legitimacy in attempting to learn and comprehend authoritarian regimes.
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