The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects by Nouri Gana
From late 2010 to the present day, the Arab world has been shot through with insurrection and revolt. As a result, Tunisia is now seen as the unlikely birthplace and exemplar of the process of democratisation long overdue in the Arab world.
Mixing political, historical, economic, social and cultural analyses and approaches, these essays reflect on the local, regional and transnational dynamics together with the long and short term factors that, when combined, set in motion the Tunisian revolution and the Arab uprisings. Above all, the book maps the intertwined genealogies of cultural dissent that have contributed to the mobilisation of protesters and to the sustenance of protests between 17 December 2010 and 14 January 2011, and beyond.
Table of Contents:
Part I: Contexts: Roots of Discontent
Under the Emperor's Neoliberal Clothes! Why the International Financial Institutions Got it Wrong in Tunisia
Playing the Islamic Card: The Use and Abuse of Religion in Tunisian Politics
United States Policy towards Tunisia since 1956: What New Engagement after an Expendable Friendship?
Lofti Ben Rejeb
'Friends of Tunisia': French Economic and Diplomatic Support of Tunisian Authoritarianism
Amy Aisen Kallander
Part II: Architects: Genealogies of Dissent
From Socio-Economic Protest to National Revolt: Mapping the Workers Origins of the Tunisian Revolution
The Powers of Social Media
Rethinking the Role of the Media in the Tunisian Uprising
Rikke Hostrup Haugbolle
Visions of Dissent, Voices of Discontent: Postcolonial Tunisian Film and Song
Part III: Prospects: The Postrevolutionary Moment
From Resistance to Governance: The Category of Civility in the Political Theory of Tunisian Islamists, Nadia Marzouki
Women's Rights before and after the Revolution
The Rise of Salafism and the Future of Democratization
Fabio Merone and Francesco Cavatorta
The Fragile Tunisian Democracy-What Prospects for the Future
Postscript: Preserving the Exemplar