In Jordan, between censorship, repression and election rigging, political activism is limited - despite the democratic opening glimpsed in 1989. In this important new book, Penelope Larzilliere charts the path of longstanding activists in Jordan and shows how opposition movements there have shifted from the underground to a heavily controlled public sphere. Activists discuss their motivation and commitment and the consequences their activism has had throughout their lives. Not only do these accounts highlight the general conditions for political activism in a repressive regime, they also unpack the meaning individuals attach to their political journey and chosen ideology, whether communist, nationalist, Islamist or otherwise.
Penelope Larzilliere is senior research fellow at the Institute for Research on Development (IRD-CEPED, Paris), and associate fellow at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (CADIS-EHESS). Her research focuses on political commitment, activism and ideologies, specializing in the Middle East. Her previous books include To Be Young in Palestine (Balland, 2004). She has also co-edited the journal issues 'Revolutions, contestations, indignations' (Socio, 2013) and 'Faut-il desoccidentaliser l'humanitaire?' (Humanitaire, 2010).
* Introduction*1. The Jordanian Regime*2. Becoming an Activist*3. The Student Experience*4. Activism, a Way of Life*5. Repression and Dissidence*6. Professional Activism as an Alternative*7. New Forms of Mobilization*8. Disillusioned Islamists* Conclusion* Methodological Appendix
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