Stories about institutions and regimes that have failed us are echoing worldwide. This book critically engages the multiple uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) following the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in December 2010. It brings together authors who critically analyse the unstoppable force unleashed in the streets of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
This book analyses the roots and trajectory of the recent revolts in the context of the global transformations that have redefined the politics of movement and revolution. For example, some authors engage extensively with the strategies embraced by the younger generation of activists. Others argue that the power of these revolutions lies in the people’s creative orientations including their collaborations. While much of the mobilization efforts in these different parts of the world happen through word of mouth, radio, cartoons, placards, and SMS services; sites such as Facebook helped people meet each other with a click, carrying their claims through stories, songs, poetry and art of protest across international borders quickly enabling them to rapidly bring authoritarian regimes to the brink of collapse and make a qualitatively different expression of uprisings.
All authors in this volume address the question of the stakes in these revolts, as through them, spectacular and everyday violence can be challenged, and alternative social projects can emerge. Neither a footnote to the West's history, nor an appendix to neoliberal capitalist global projects, people are actively drawing on their power to disrupt domination and oppression, creatively responding to global problems and calling for democratic institutions with viable ecologies.
This book was published as a special issue of Globalizations.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction - Rocking the Kasbah: Insurrectional Politics, the “Arab Streets”, and Global Revolution in the 21st Century 2. An African Reflection on Tahrir Square 3. Looking Beyond Spring for the Season: An African Perspective on the World Order after the Arab Revolt 4. The Global Street: Making the Political 5. Making Anew an Arab Regional Order? On Poetry, Sex, and Revolution 6. Uprisings in ‘Arab Streets’, Revolutions in ‘Arab Minds’! A Provocation 7. Stratagems and Spoils in US Policy in the Middle East 8. Unrest and Change: Dispatches from the Frontline of a Class War in Egypt 9. Tehran’s Delayed Spring? 10. Model, Event, Context: Globalization, Arab Social Movements, and the Modeling of Global Order 11. The Winter of the Arab Spring in the Gulf Monarchies 12. Radical Changes in the Muslim World: Turkey, Iran, Egypt 13. Authoritarian Learning and Authoritarian Resilience: Regime Responses to the ‘Arab Awakening’ 14. Globalizations Forum on Middle East Protests: Commentary 15. Libya’s ‘Black’ Market Diplomacies: Opacity and Entanglement in the Face of Hope and Horror 16. Revolutionary Humor 17. Role of the New Media in the Arab Spring 18. Talk About a Revolution: Social Media and the MENA Uprisings
Anna M. Agathangelou teaches at York University, Toronto. Her book entitled Global Political Economy of Sex: Desire, Violence and Insecurity (2004) was published by Palgrave/Macmillan; her most recent book, Transforming World Politics: From Empire to Multiple Worlds (2009), co-authored with L.H.M. Ling, was published by Routledge.
Nevzat Soguk is Professor and Deputy Director of the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Formerly, he was Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His most recent book, Globalization and Islamism: Beyond Fundamentalism (2010), was published by Rowman and Littlefield.