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Author Carapico, Sheila.

Title Civil society in Yemen : the political economy of activism in modern Arabia / Sheila Carapico
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 256 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge Middle East studies ; 9
Cambridge Middle East studies ; 9
Contents Civil society in comparative perspective -- Twentieth-century states and economies -- Islam, tribes, and social services -- Colonialism, activism, and resistance -- Self-help, social capital, and state power -- Unity, pluralism, and political participation -- Civic responses to political crisis -- Political movements, cultural trends, and civic potential
Summary Sheila Carapico's book on civic participation in modern Yemen makes an authoritative, path-breaking contribution to the study of political culture in the Arabian peninsula. Relying on in-depth documentary and field research, the author traces the political dynamics of the last fifty years that culminated in Yemeni unification, focusing on efforts to develop the political, economic, and social structures of a modern, democratic government. Her wide-ranging analysis of the legal, institutional, and financial aspects of state building and of popular dimensions of political liberalization, protest, and participation challenge the stereotypical view of conservative Arab Muslim society. In addition to revealing a surprising degree of 'activism in Arabia', the political economy approach helps to interpret the nature of civil society from a broader theoretical perspective
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-253) and index
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Subject Civil society -- Yemen (Republic)
Political participation -- Yemen (Republic)
Yemen (Republic) -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511000200 (electronic bk.)
9780511000201 (electronic bk.)