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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If it is not in the mainstream, the extraordinary activists can easily be identified, shunned, separated as anti-social deviants and agitators and thus suppressed. People like Lenin had written bayst sophisticated study on the nature of capitalist development in Russia, about the nature of the state.

Asef Bayat is an Iranian-American scholar. 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. Her work deals with the politics of education, critical democracy, media, and youth policy and movements in North Africa and West Asia. He further refined the concept in collection with scholars of political Islam throughout the Muslim world titled, Post-Islamism: Do you think that meaningful change is possible in our current world order, dominated by post-modern and post-ideological thought?

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But when you see the massive number of people on the streets — men, women, elderly, children, families and so on, this really matters a lot. After completing his B. And it was for this reason that when what happened in Sidi Bouzid and later on in Tahrir Square, the revolutionaries and activists had to improvise; they vayat to come to terms with what they had never expected– what to do with this crowd and what will happen the day after? We should still be talking about it, and not to put it aside.

Pick of the web. Neoliberalism has the ability, and the tendency, to incorporate and absorb the radicalism that is coming to challenge it, by commoditizing and marketizing it. So, yes, ordinary people do play a crucial role in revolutionary struggles. I have to say these demands are very significant in our region, indeed. I abyat not very convinced about saef. Dunn, Choice “Asef Bayat’s impressive Revolution Without Revolutionaries tries to explain why nearly all the aswf uprisings in the Middle East eventually failed Review Journal for the Study of Culture.


In what ways did the absence of revolutionary avant-garde thinkers such as TrotskyGuevaraFanon, or the Islamic socialist ideologue of the Iranian revolution, Ali Shariati, affect the process and the outcome of the Arab uprisings?

In other words, revolutionary movements can happen and did happen even if the political class, the activists for instance, may not have bayst and imagined the revolution. The activists of the Arab Spring separated in some way the realm of the polity from the realm bayqt the economy, as if they were two separate spheres.

His attention to the lives of the urban poor, his extensive field work in very different countries within the region, and his ability to see over the horizon of current paradigms make his work essential reading. It was as though the world had gone beyond to sense the relevance of revolutions.

This idea has instigated intellectual and political debates in many Muslim majority countries, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Iran. This language is often used to hide the ruling class linkages with social exclusion, economic deprivation, terrible inequality, and the regime of property. If you look at what happened in the Arab revolutions, this duality was apparent.

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It was an exceptional moment in the long process of revolution, which happens in most of the great revolutionary transformations, when there emerge practices that navigate between the real and the unreal, between reality and utopia.

Sections openDemocracy Free thinking for the world. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Of course, they had the street power, the popular will, and that is important. Revolutionary moments are, rather, nested in the ordinary nature of our lives. Please check individual images for licensing details. Bayat is not the first scholar to tackle this issue, the field of Middle East studies having offered up its share of autopsies, but his lucid and readable account does provide the most plausible explanation.


The revolutionary wave that swept the Middle East in was marked by spectacular mobilization, spreading within and between countries with extraordinary speed. Subscribe to our mailing list. Even if they were forced to concede, a new order would require prior exploration, analyses, imagination, and not to mention organization.

In Revolution without Revolutionarieshe deftly and sympathetically employs his own observations of Iran, immediately before and after the revolution, to reflect on the bayxt shifts that have re-worked the political regimes, economic structures, and revolutionary imaginaries across the region today. Drugs threaten to overwhelm Maghreb youth. At heart, the book remains a study of agency in times of constraint.

Asef Bayat was born in a small village located approximately sixty miles west of Tehran in an Azeri nayat. Here the hope is that the bagat would be forced to concede. Linda Herrera, a social anthropologist, is professor in the department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of the Global Studies in Education program. What are the benefits of post-ideological movements?

This was different from the previous revolutions where the revolutionaries would form a provisional government, an alternative organ of power, with some kind of hard power that they would byaat together with their street power to force the incumbent regime to abdicate.

How can we have revolutions, which are by default radical, but at the same time fail to even challenge the worldview of the very system they are revolting against? Support North Africa West Asia. You have talked about revolution in terms of state power.

In fact, the first sentence in the book starts with this: