Spaces of Participation

Dynamics of Social and Political Change in the Arab World

Edited by Randa Aboubakr
Sarah Jurkiewicz
Hicham Ait-Mansour
Ulrike Freitag

Where do people meet, form relations of trust, and begin debating social and political issues? Where do social movements start? In this fascinating co

English edition
6 April 2021
302 pp.
25 b&w illus.
15 x 23cm
ISBN 9781617979897
For sale worldwide

$89.95

Where do people meet, form relations of trust, and begin debating social and political issues? Where do social movements start? In this fascinating collection, scholars and activists from a wealth of disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, anthropology, history, and political science, take a fresh look at these questions and the factors leading to political and social change in the Arab world from a spatial perspective. Based on original field work in Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, and Palestine, Spaces of Participation connects and reconnects social, cultural, and political participation with urban space. It explores timely themes such as formal and informal spaces of participation, alternative spaces of cultural production, space reclamation, and cultural activism, and the reconfiguring of space through different types of contestation. It also covers a range of spaces that include sports clubs, arts centers, and sites of protest and resistance, as well as virtual spaces such as social media platforms, in the process of examining the relationships and tensions between physical and virtual space.
Spaces of Participation underlines the temporal and transformative quality of participatory spaces and how they are shaped by their respective political contexts, highlighting different forms of access, control, and contestation.

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Randa Aboubakr

Randa  Aboubakr is a professor of English and comparative literature at Cairo University.

Sarah Jurkiewicz

Sarah  Jurkiewicz is a post-doc researcher and research coordinator of the “Spaces of Participation” and the “Liminal Spaces” project at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin.

Hicham Ait-Mansour

Hicham  Ait-Mansour is associate professor of sociology at Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco. He is an associate member of the Arab Council for Social Sciences.

Ulrike Freitag

Ulrike  Freitag is a historian of the modern Middle East specialized in the history of the Arabian Peninsula in its translocal context, the director of the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, and professor of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.
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