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Participation Culture in the Gulf

Networks, Politics and Identity

Edited by Nele Lenze, Charlotte Schriwer

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240 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Description

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 multi-dimensional 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 socio-political 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

About the Editors

Nele Lenze is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University Singapore. Her research focuses research focuses on the cultural online sphere in the Gulf.

Charlotte Schriwer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University Singapore. Her research focuses on various historical studies of the Levant region.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General