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Author Khalil, Andrea Flores, author.

Title Crowds and politics in North Africa : Tunisia, Algeria and Libya / Andrea Khalil
Published London : Routledge, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 133 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge studies in Middle Eastern democratization and government
Routledge studies in Middle Eastern democratization and government.
Contents 1. Theorizing the crowd -- 2. Tunisia : the roots of social collectivity -- 3. Algeria : the country of a million martyrs -- 4. Libya : the paradox of the political crowd and the 'state of the masses', the Libyan Jamahiriya
Summary "A topical study of crowd dynamics and the relationships of crowds to political power in Tunisia, Libya and Algeria, this book takes predominant crowd theory to task questioning received ideas about 'mob psychology' that remain prevalent today. One central theme of the book is gender, providing an in-depth look at women's participation in the recent uprisings and the subsequent gender-related aspects of political transitions. The social and political dynamics of tribalism and other forms of group belonging are raised in the book, including analysis and discussions with Libyan regional tribal chiefs, Libyan and Tunisian tribal members and citizens regarding their notions of tribal belonging. Crowd language is also central to the book's discussion of how crowds represent themselves, how we as observers represent crowds, and how crowds confront languages of authoritarianism and subjugation. Crowds and Politics in North Africa includes dozens of interviews with crowd participants and key civil society actors from Tunisia, Libya and Algeria. Among these, there are numerous interviews with Benghazi residents, activists and tribal leaders as one of the original case studies in the book is the crowds during and after the attack on the US consular installation in Benghazi Libya. A valuable resource, this book will be of use to students and scholars with an interest in the Middle East and Politics more broadly"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Collective behavior -- Political aspects -- Africa, North -- Case studies
Political participation -- Africa, North -- Case studies
Political sociology -- Case studies
Tribes -- Political activity -- Africa, North -- Case studies
Women -- Political activity -- Africa, North -- Case studies
Collective behavior -- Political aspects.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Political participation.
Political sociology.
Politics and government.
Politische Beteiligung
Politische Mobilisierung
Politisches System
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Regional Studies.
Women -- Political activity.
Algeria -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Libya -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Tunisia -- Politics and government -- 2011-
North Africa.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 130653979X