This book examines the civil–social interactions which have shaped and continue to influence the political and social development of modern Gulf societies. It analyses the influence of public and private social spaces, such as sports arenas and dawawin as well as developments in the legal and cultural spheres.
Geographically, the volume covers Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Each chapter discusses a different aspect of current trends in society, offering a multidimensional perspective on recent developments. In so doing, the chapters highlight the existence of a growing participation culture as a force for dynamic social change in a global context. Bringing to attention the continuing social change in public and private spaces, which have increased public social interactions within the last ten years, this books also demonstrates the opening of dialogues between the public and the authorities. The contributors are established scholars living in the Gulf, as well as academics with long-term field research in the region, thus providing unique perspectives on current sociopolitical trends in the Gulf states.
Participation Culture in the Gulf will be useful to students and scholars of Middle Eastern politics and society, as well as social movements and political participation more generally.
Table of Contents
Part I: Sociopolitical Transformations and Civil Society Engagement
1. New Spaces and Sociabilities are Reshaping Emirati Society, Jane Bristol-Rhys
2. Art, Politics and Social Change in the Gulf, Charlotte Schriwer
3.Unusual Suspects: Sport in the Gulf as an arena of protest and change, James Dorsey
Part II: Untraditional Actors in the Public Political Space
4. Legal Actors and Sociopolitical Change in the Arab Gulf, David Mednicoff
5. Public Property Law in Kuwait and the Popular Movement that Never Started: The 2008 Diwaniyya Demolitions, James C.A.Redman
6. Challenges and Aspirations of the "Post-Oil Nation" in the Sultanate of Oman, Veronika Deffner
Part III: Nation, Identity and Change
7. National Identity in the UAE and Its Capacity for Social Transformation, James Toth
8. Networks Online and Offline: Spaces of Cultural Production in the Gulf, Nele Lenze
9. Urban Iranian Youths as the Pivotal Subjects of Social Movements in Iran, Gi Yeon Koo
Nele Lenze is a visiting assistant professor at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. Her research focuses on the cultural online sphere in the Gulf.
Charlotte Schriwer is a historian and art hostorian of the Middle East. Her research focuses on various historical studies of the Levant region.