By Lisa Wedeen
Wedeen indicates how such flagrantly fictitious claims have been capable of 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, set off complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set directions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen‘s ethnographic learn demonstrates how Syrians famous the disciplinary facets 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 idea that of legitimacy in attempting to study and comprehend authoritarian regimes.
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