Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783605743 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783605750 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Activism in Jordan

Pénélope Larzillière

Activism in Jordan

Pénélope Larzillière

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200 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783605743 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783605750 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The uprisings of the Arab Spring drew attention not only to the nations in which they occurred, but also to still-standing authoritarian regimes in surrounding nations. Among those, Jordan is, paradoxically, both one of the most democratically limited and the most stable—yet despite the many obstacles to political activity, it nonetheless is home to a growing opposition movement.

Activism in Jordan charts the history and potential of democratic activism in Jordan, showing how opposition has shifted in recent years from underground movements to the closely controlled public sphere. Talking to activists both new and long-standing, Pénélope Larzillière reveals their motivations, their commitments, and the often terrible consequences of their activism for their lives, livelihood, and families. Their accounts of their political journeys not only shed light on the potential for change in Bahrain, but on the general conditions necessary for activism in a repressive regime and the meaning people attach to their commitment and their chosen ideologies.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
  1. The Jordanian regime
  2. Becoming an activist
  3. The student experience
  4. Activism, a way of life
  5. Repression and dissidence
  6. Professional activism as an alternative
  7. New forms of mobilization
  8. Disillusioned Islamists
 
Conclusion
Methodological Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Denis Bauchard, former French ambassador to Jordan
“An essential book for understanding Jordan’s key role as a stabilizing force in a chaotic Middle East.”
Hamit Bozarslan, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)
“Larzillière’s insightful book presents refreshing perspectives on the mobilization and demobilization of Islamist and left-wing movements in Jordan and the Arab world.”
Gilbert Achcar, author of The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising
“Larzillière’s book sheds light on youth activism in Jordan, the theatre of one of the least studied components of the revolutionary wave that shook the Arab region in 2011. In so doing, it offers a most useful contribution to both the study of Jordanian politics and the analysis of the ongoing upheaval.”
Choice
“This book’s long-term perspective and focus on diverse groups of activists, including Nasserists, socialists, and Islamists, distinguishes it from previous works that focus on a single group at a fixed point of time; also, it allows for an analysis of the political journey’s of individual activists from their initial recruitment and socialization into activism networks to their eventual search for new venues of activism in response to changing geopolitical conditions and shifting domestic politics.  . . . Translated from French, this very readable work is an important contribution to the literature on political activism and contentious politics in non-democratic settings. Recommended.”
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