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Arab Spring and Peripheries

A Decentring Research Agenda, 1st Edition

Edited by Daniela Huber, Lorenzo Kamel


160 pages

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The emerging literature on the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ has largely focused on the evolution of the uprisings in cities and power centres. In order to reach a more diversified and inner understanding of the ‘Arab Spring’, this edited book examines how peripheries have reacted and contributed to the historical dynamics at work in the Middle East and North Africa. It rejects the idea that the ‘Arab Spring’ is a unitary process and shows that it consists of diverse Springs which differed in terms of opportunity structure, strategies of a variance of actors, and outcomes. This book looks at geographical, religious, gender and ethnical peripheries, conceptualizing periphery as a dynamic structure which can expand and contract. It shows that the seeds for changing the face of politics and polities are within peripheries themselves. Focusing on the voices of peripheries can therefore be a powerful tool to ‘de-simplify’ the reading of the Arab Spring and to reshape the paradigmatic schemes through which to look at this part of the world.

This book was published as a special issue of Mediterranean Politics.

Table of Contents

1. Arab Spring: The Role of the Peripheries. By Lorenzo Kamel (Harvard University/Bologna University) and Daniela Huber (IAI)

2. Transition and Marginalisation: Locating Spaces for Discursive Contestation in Post-Revolution Tunisia. By Edwige Fortier (SOAS)

3. The Peripheries of Gender and Sexuality in the ‘Arab Spring’. By Maryam Khalid (Macquarie University)

4. Plus ça change? Observing the dynamics of Morocco’s ‘Arab Spring’ in the High Atlas. By Sylvia I. Bergh (Erasmus University of Rotterdam) and Daniele Rossi-Doria (independent researcher)

5. Secular Autocracy vs. Sectarian Democracy? Weighing Reasons for Christian Support for Regime Transition in Syria and Egypt. By Mark Farha (Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar) and Salma Mousa (Stanford University)

6. Territorial Stress in Morocco: From Democratic to Autonomist Demands in Popular Protests in the Rif. By Ángela Suárez Collado (University of Duisburg-Essen)

7. Protests Under Occupation: The Spring Inside Western Sahara. By Irene Fernández-Molina (College of Europe, Warsaw)

8. Periphery Discourse: An Alternative Media Eye on the Geographical, Social and Media Peripheries in Egypt’s Spring. By Khaled Elghamry (‘Ain Shams University, Cairo)

9. Arab Spring: A Decentring Research Agenda. By Daniela Huber (IAI) and Lorenzo Kamel (Harvard University/Bologna University).

About the Editors

Daniela Huber is Senior Fellow at IAI. She holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Free University of Berlin. She has worked for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tel Aviv and Berlin and as a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the United Nations in Copenhagen. Her research interests include EU and US foreign policies in the Middle East and North Africa, democracy promotion and democratization, the European neighbourhood, and Israel/Palestine.

Lorenzo Kamel is a Middle East Historian at Bologna University and a Research Fellow (2013/14 and 2014/15) at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He authored four books on Middle Eastern affairs, including ‘Imperial Perceptions of Palestine: British Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times’ (I.B. Tauris 2015).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Mediterranean Politics

The Mediterranean Politics series takes an inter-disciplinary approach which, while generally focused on the disciplines of politics and international relations, also encompasses economics, human geography, sociology, and religious studies, in order to shed light on the interconnectedness of polities and societies in the Mediterranean region. The series takes the study of Mediterranean politics as a focal point to examine the global and transnational linkages between the Mediterranean area and the wider world. Showcasing cutting edge new research on regional, transnational and comparative politics, it provides a forum for the discussion of Mediterranean politics with special reference to the interaction between European and Middle Eastern & North African countries.

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