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Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria

 
 
 
 
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
Author: Lisa Wedeen
ISBN 13: 9780226877884
ISBN 10: 226877884
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1999-06-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 251
List Price: $18.00
 
 

Syrian president Hafiz al-Asad is regularly depicted as omnipresent and omniscient, and the locus of attributions like "father," "combatant," "first teacher," "leader forever," "premier pharmacist," designations that Wedeen (political science, U. of Chicago) claims few Syrians believe, stating that Asad is, for example, seldom greeted by crowds when appearing in public. Wedeen claims that Asad's cult generates a politics of public dissimulation in which citizens only act as if they revere their leader, and shows how the cult enforces obedience, induces complicity, isolates Syrians from each other, and sets guidelines for public speech and behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR