By Lisa Wedeen
Wedeen exhibits 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. via inundating everyday life with drained symbolism, the regime exercised a refined, but potent kind of strength. The cult labored to implement obedience, result in complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set directions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen‘s ethnographic learn demonstrates how Syrians famous the disciplinary features of the cult and sought to undermine them. In a brand new preface, Wedeen discusses the rebellion opposed to the Syrian regime that started in 2011 and questions the usefulness of the concept that of legitimacy in attempting to learn and comprehend authoritarian regimes.
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