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By Lisa Wedeen

ISBN-10: 022633337X

ISBN-13: 9780226333373

Treating rhetoric and logos as vital instead of peripheral to politics, Lisa Wedeen’s groundbreaking e-book bargains a compelling counterargument to those that insist that politics is basically approximately fabric pursuits and the teams advocating for them. in the course of the thirty-year rule of President Hafiz al-Asad’s regime, his picture was once in every single place. In newspapers, on tv, and through orchestrated spectacles. Asad used to be praised because the “father,” the “gallant knight,” even the country’s “premier pharmacist.” but so much Syrians, together with those that create the legit rhetoric, didn't think its claims. Why could a regime spend scarce assets on a character cult whose content material is patently spurious?

Wedeen indicates 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. through inundating lifestyle with drained symbolism, the regime exercised a sophisticated, but powerful kind of strength. The cult labored to implement obedience, result in complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set instructions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen‘s ethnographic learn demonstrates how Syrians famous the disciplinary points 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 examine and comprehend authoritarian regimes.

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