Parution: Sune Haugbolle, Mark LeVine (eds), Altered States. The Remaking of the Political in the Arab World, Routledge, 2022

1st Edition

Altered States
The Remaking of the Political in the Arab World

ISBN 9781032134093
August 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
300 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

Book Description

Building on Timothy Mitchell’s seminal 1991 exploration of the “Limits of the State,” this book brings together contributions on the state in the Arab world from the past and present in an edited volume.

Altered States views the state less as a matter of people and institutions and more as sets of practices, regimes of truth, and capabilities of power, and the effects they have on those under their control. Through analysing case studies – including Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, UAE, Rojova, and the Islamic State – the concept of the state is applied and questioned. This book examines the roots of policies that led to the uprisings, focusing on how the “authoritarian bargain”, which helped define Arab politics, broke down with the rise of neoliberalism. It also assesses how boundaries between state and society have been redrawn, as various dynamics have brought state forces into more open conflict with citizens and each other.

The rapid pace of change in the Arab world has necessitated constant modification of themes and theoretical lens of analysis. This book will, therefore, be of interest to practitioners, graduate students and academics of the Arab world, statehood, and political science.


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Remaking of the Political in the Arab World since 2010
Sune Haugbolle and Mark Levine

Chapter 1. State-crafting and Modes of Governance in the United Arab Emirates
Estella Carpi and Andrea Glioti

Chapter 2. Community Organizing and the Limits of Participatory Democracy in Lebanon
Sophie Chamas

Chapter 3. Archiving in an Age of (Counter)Revolutions
Leyla Dakhli

Chapter 4. Class Power, the State and Contentious Politics in the age of Globalization: The case of Egypt
Angela Joya

Chapter 5. Same Different? A Comparative Study of Kurdish-Led Rojava and Opposition-Held Syria
Andrea Glioti

Chapter 6. Postcolonial State-ness and the Case of Rawabi
Somdeep Sen

Chapter 7. Lebanon’s Wadi Khaled and Challenge of Sovereignty
Jamil Mouawad

Chapter 8. Egyptian State and Culture
Ted Swedenburg

Chapter 9. How Diplomatic Practices Make the Fuzzy State of Palestine Visible
Michelle Pace

Chapter 10. Daesh and the “Effect of the State”
Michael Degerald

Chapter 11. Conclusion: The Westphalian State Effect
Jillian Schwedler

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