Ambiguity domination politics
In Syria, the image of President Hafiz al-Asad is everywhere. Yet most Syrians, including those who create the official rhetoric, do not believe its claims. Lisa Wedeen is professor in and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the author of.
Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria by Lisa Wedeen
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Description:A politics of 'as if' while it may appear irrational or foolish at "This book argues that Asad's cult is a strategy of domination based on compliance rather than legitimacy. Whenever I think about totalitarian cults of personality, I understand it through the framework set up for me in this text. Sep 20, Rachna R rated it really liked it This was published in , but there's a lot in it you can bring into what's been happening in Syria, or at least how it started. Feb 15, KellyAnn rated it really liked it Very interesting read- relevant for understanding not only the Syrian conflict but also the current political environment in the states. Total bummer; well-written, engaging, and with really interesting illustrative examples that shows you what the cult and society were working with here. May 31, g rated it it was ok "This book argues that Asad's cult is a strategy of domination based on compliance rather than legitimacy. Asad's cult operates as a disciplinary device, generating a politics of public dissimulation in which citizens act as if they revere the leader.