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Authoritarian ApprehensionsIdeology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria$
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Lisa Wedeen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226650579

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226650746.001.0001

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Authoritarian Apprehensions

Lisa Wedeen

University of Chicago Press

Authoritarian Apprehensions challenges scholars to consider what the epochal, as well as ambiguous, set of regional events known initially as the Arab Spring mean in larger historical and theoretical terms. Locating the Arab world in a world-historical frame is necessary for any adequate analysis of what these events betoken, and doing so raises certain central questions of modern critical thought. But Authoritarian Apprehensions also prompts thinking about what categories like neoliberalism or ideology or autocracy might mean—not only as grounded phenomena or as instantiated in historical moments, but as theoretical constructs in need of parsing in relation to power, politics, aesthetics, subjectivity, and belief.

Keywords:   authoritarianism, apprehensions, ideology, neoliberalism, Arab Spring, autocracy, power, aesthetics, subjectivity

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