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    DescriptionIn the late-1990s in Syria, the image of President Hafiz al-Asad is everywhere. In newspapers, on television and during orchestrated spectacles Asad is praised as the "father," the "gallant knight," even the country's "premier pharmacist". Yet most Syrians, including those who create the official rhetoric, do not believe its claims. Why would a regime spend scarce resources on a cult whose content is patently spurious? Lisa Wedeen concludes that Asad's cult acts as a disciplinary device, generating a politics of public dissimulation in which citizens act "as if" they revered their leader. By inundating daily life with tired symbolism, the regime exercises a subtle, yet effective form of power. The cult works to enforce obedience, induce complicity, isolate Syrians from one another and set guidelines for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen's ethnographic research demonstrates how Syrians recognize the disciplinary aspects of the cult and seek to undermine them.

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    Ambiguities of Domination
    Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lisa Wedeen
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 252
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226877884
    ISBN 10: 0226877884

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    Illustrations note
    9 halftones, 19 line drawings
    The University of Chicago Press
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    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    15 June 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Lisa Wedeen is professor in and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the author of "Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen."