Life as Politics is a collection of essays and fieldwork articles originally published by Asef Bayat in a range of academic outlets between the. Life as politics: how ordinary people change the Middle East In this eye- opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule . Asef Bayat. Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East Amsterdam University Press pp. $60 (hardback) $

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Stanford University Press, c Barely a year later, as events of the Arab Spring continue to unfold, his critical insights on everyday forms and spaces of political activity in the region have become prescient. Later, his family moved to the capital city, where his first experience of schooling was with an Islamic institution.

Offering a window into the complex social processes in a too-often misunderstood part of the world, this unique book provides a much-needed Middle Eastern perspective on global debates over the meaning of social movements and the dynamics of social change.

This eye-opening book makes an important contribution to global debates over the meaning of social movements and the dynamics of social change. This page was last edited on 16 Juneat Describe the connection issue. A8 B Unknown. At heart, the book remains a study of agency in times of constraint. Bayat is the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Ford and MacArthur foundations. More in Middle East Studies.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. However, by this time, he had become an entirely secular teenager, moving into leftist campus politics that he maintained throughout his higher education in the United Kingdom. In this eye-opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule, religious moral authorities, and economic elites, ordinary people can make meaningful change through the practices of everyday life.


Though not coordinated in their activities, these “non-movements” offer a political response, not of protest but of practice and direct daily action. Everyday bajat The “Arab street” Is there a future for Islamic revolutions?

Asef Bayat

Sincehe taught Sociology at the American University in Cairo for some 17 years in the course of which he also held positions lfe the University of California at BerkeleyColumbia Universityand was Fellow of St. Excerpt from Chapter 1. Publication date ISBN hardcover: Though not as visible on the world-stage as a mass protest or a full-scale revolution, millions of people across the Middle East are discovering or creating new social spaces within which to make their claims heard.

This idea has instigated intellectual and political debates in many Muslim majority countries, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Iran. After completing his B. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Life as politics : how ordinary people change the Middle East in SearchWorks catalog

Retrieved from ” https: SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. Asef Bayat was born in a small village located approximately sixty miles west of Tehran in an Azeri family. Asef Bayat is an Iranian-American scholar.

He further refined the concept in collection with scholars of political Islam throughout the Muslim world titled, Post-Islamism: In addition to ongoing protests, millions of people across the Middle East are effecting transformation through the discovery and creation of new social spaces within which to make their claims heard.


The street vendor who sets up his business in the main square, squatters who take over public parks, Muslim youth who frequent public hangouts in blue jeans, and protestors who march in the streets, poor housewives who hang their wash in the alleyways, and educated women who pursue careers doing “men’s work”–all these people challenge the state’s control and implicity question the established public order through their daily activities. Life as Politics should be a mandatory read for any journalist, scholar or politician who has never been to the Middle East.

Bayat has published widely on issues of political sociology, social movementsurban space and politicsthe everyday of politics and religiosity, contemporary Islamand the Muslim Middle East. But this assumption fails to recognize that social and political change comes in many guises. He is the author of Making Islam Democratic: Prior topopular imagination perceived the Muslim Middle East as unchanging and unchangeable, frozen in its own traditions and history.

Above all, this work establishes Asef Bayat as a virtuoso of the sociological imaginary. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bayat has also contributed to social movement theory with his concepts of “quiet encroachment,” “social non-movements,” and the “politics of presence.