In Life as Politics, Asef Bayat argues that such presumptions fail to recognize the routine, yet important, ways in which ordinary people make meaningful change. Asef Bayat is the Catherine & Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, and Professor of Sociology and Middle East at the. Asef Bayat talks about revolutions and revolutionary ideas, the place of ordinary people in social transformation, and what we can learn from.

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I suppose this apparent paradox and contradiction in some way reflects the contradiction of reality in these times.

Dr. Asef Bayat

But they are aset used and manipulated also by the authoritarian regimes and their western allies, who speak similar language. Sincehe taught Sociology at the American University in Cairo for some 17 years in the course of which he also held positions at the University of California at BerkeleyColumbia Universityand was Fellow of St.

Furthermore, there is an honesty and vulnerability that I have rarely seen so openly in academics’ works that makes Bayat’s latest all the more relatable. Rana Magdy and Mariam Ali.

They had to improvise, and it was very difficult. Asef Bayat was born in a small village bayxt approximately sixty miles west of Tehran in an Azeri family. How can the idea of Tahrir work in different settings? Sections openDemocracy Free thinking for the world. What Happened to the Arab Spring? The volume will be particularly useful to readers new to Bayat’s work, since it offers a cumulative presentation of his signature notions of post-Islamism, nonmovements, and “refolution,” in addition to his focus on urban space.

But I think this cannot be achieved, unless those who do want change seriously address the overpowering ideology and practices and institutions of neoliberalism. The book would be of great value to scholars interested in revolutions, social movements, graduate students, and researchers of the Middle East politics.


Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East, Second Edition | Asef Bayat

Here the hope is that the regimes would be forced to concede. In this book, noted author Asef Bayat—whose Life as Politics anticipated the Arab Spring—uncovers why this occurred, and what made these uprisings so distinct from those that came before. The Arab revolutions happened at the time when the very idea of revolution had dissipated.

Once you do this, you tend to play the same games, deploy the same concepts in your opposition. But I think that while Tahrir was so spectacular, so inspiring, it was also exceptional, transitory.

A clear step backwards: By ssef this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In other words, the question was how to wrest power from the incumbent regimes, with what means and resources? In fact, the first sentence in the book starts with this: Bayqt seemed that what the protagonists wanted was to have these autocrats like Mubarak, Ben Ali or Saleh removed.

This is a very interesting question. What difference do you see between the revolutions of the s and before, such as in Iran, Guatemala and Cuba, and the Arab Spring? But then ideology also, for that very reason, has the danger of dogma, and the danger of making the ideology so unquestionable that it could be repressive as well.

But going even further, not only can we think about how to tackle the question of power, but also how to tackle the question of property, in our movements. Then, you had a third world which Iran and Nicaragua were part of.

How do you want to replace them? He contests the conventional wisdom in the sociology of revolution that tends to tie revolution to a set of extraordinary sociopolitical events.


A good scholarly contribution.

Asef Bayat

View the discussion thread. We should treat it as an unfinished project that may have openings for the future. Otherwise, they would get defeated. Above all, this work establishes Asef Bayat as a virtuoso of the sociological imaginary.

Frantz Fanon articulated a notion of anti-colonial revolution. 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.

Dr. Asef Bayat | Sociology at Illinois

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. A strong and conscious society that values egalitarianism, inclusion and social justice will be able to socialize, even to bayyat, and bring to line the states and their henchmen.

The Nicaraguan revolution had an intellectual component informed by democratic socialism and the vision of Sandino. He further refined the concept in collection with scholars of political Islam throughout the Muslim world titled, Post-Islamism: On the other hand, however, precisely because of this the forces of counter-revolution would have better chance to engage in acts of sabotage and to aser to restore old order. The idea, the ideal and the memory of Revolution need to be maintained.

The second edition includes three new chapters on the Arab Spring and Iran’s Green Movement and is fully updated to reflect recent events.