Life as Politics is a collection of essays and fieldwork articles originally published by Asef Bayat in a range of academic outlets between the. Life as politics: how ordinary people change the Middle East In this eye- opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule . Asef Bayat. Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East Amsterdam University Press pp. $60 (hardback) $
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Though not as visible on the world-stage as a mass protest or a full-scale revolution, millions of people across the Middle East are discovering or creating new social spaces within which to make their claims heard. He is the author of Making Islam Democratic: But this assumption fails to recognize that social and political change comes in many guises. Everyday cosmopolitanism The “Arab street” Is there a future for Islamic revolutions?
Retrieved from ” https: Prior topopular imagination perceived the Muslim Middle East as unchanging and unchangeable, frozen in its own traditions and history.
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This idea has instigated intellectual and political debates in many Muslim majority countries, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Iran.
Asef Bayat was born in a small village located approximately sixty miles west of Tehran in an Azeri family.
Life as Politics should be a mandatory read for any journalist, scholar or politician who has never been to the Middle East. The second edition includes three new chapters on the Arab Spring and Iran’s Green Movement and is fully updated to reflect recent events.
This eye-opening book makes an important contribution to global debates over the meaning of social movements and the dynamics of social change. Specialist and non-specialist readers alike will find themselves transported to the streets of the Middle East and afforded a first-hand view of social and political activism in the making.
Browse related items Start at call number: First published just ljfe before the Arab Spring swept across the region, this timely and prophetic book sheds light on the ongoing acts of protest, practice, and direct daily action.
Bayat has published widely on issues of political sociology, social movementsurban space and politicsthe everyday of politics and religiosity, contemporary Islamand the Muslim Middle East.
No silence, no violence: This ljfe was last edited on 16 Juneat Describe the connection issue. Above all, this work establishes Asef Bayat as a virtuoso of the sociological imaginary.
He further refined the concept in collection with scholars of political Islam throughout the Muslim world titled, Post-Islamism: At heart, the book remains a study of agency in times of constraint.
Stanford University Press, c In this eye-opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule, religious moral authorities, and economic elites, ordinary people can make meaningful change through the asdf of everyday life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. After completing his Polifics. He has conducted extensive studies on the Iranian Islamic RevolutionIslamist movements in comparative perspective since the s, the non-movements of the urban poor, Muslim youth, and women, the politics of fun, and the Arab Spring. In Life as PoliticsAsef Bayat argues that such presumptions fail to recognize the routine, yet important, ways in which ordinary people make meaningful change through everyday actions.
Publication date ISBN hardcover: More in Middle East Studies. Though not coordinated in their activities, these “non-movements” offer a political response, not of protest but of practice and direct daily action.
Publisher’s Summary In the popular imagination, the Muslim Middle East is aser in its own traditions and history–a land of mosques and minarets, veiled women, despotic regimes, and desert sand. Nielsen Book Data The street vendor who sets up his business in the main square, squatters who take over public parks, Muslim youth who frequent public hangouts in blue jeans, and protestors pilitics march in the streets, poor housewives who hang their wash in the alleyways, and educated women who pursue careers doing “men’s work”–all these people challenge the state’s control and implicity question the established public order through their daily activities.
Bayat is the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Ford and MacArthur foundations. Bayat has also sa to social movement theory with his concepts of “quiet encroachment,” “social non-movements,” and the “politics of presence.