Group Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf

Group Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf : Rethinking the Rentier State

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The oil-producing states of the Arab Gulf are said to sink or swim on their capacity for political appeasement through economic redistribution. Yet, during the popular uprisings of the Arab Spring, in Bahrain and all across the Arab Gulf, ordinary citizens showed an unexpected enthusiasm for political protest directed against governments widely assumed to have co-opted their support with oil revenues. Justin Gengler draws on the first-ever mass political survey in Bahrain to demonstrate that neither is the state willing to offer all citizens the same bargain, nor are all citizens willing to accept it. Instead, shared social and religious identities offer a viable basis for mass political coordination. Challenging the prevailing rentier interpretation of political life in the Gulf states, Gengler offers new empirical evidence and a new conceptual framework for understanding the attitudes of ordinary citizens.
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  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w illus., 3 maps, 14 tables
  • 0253016746
  • 9780253016744
  • 2,173,566

Table of contents

Introduction: Mountain of Smoke: Bahrain, the First Post-Oil State
1. Group-based Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf
2. Al-Ftih wa al-Mafth: The Case of Sunni-Shi`i Relations in Bahrain
3. Religion and Politics in Bahrain
4. Surveying Bahrain
5. Rentier Theory and Rentier Reality
6. Political Diversification in the Age of Regime Insecurity
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Using information gleaned from the first-ever mass political survey in Bahrain, Gengler challenges the assumptions underpinning rentier-state theory as applied to the Gulf nations. Reflecting on the Arab Spring uprisings, he argues that economic fulfilment does not inevitably breed political apathy. * Survival * This book is definitely unique and invaluable to anyone wanting a fuller understanding of the economic, political, and religious tensions within Bahrain that media outlets and published reports have scarcely revealed. * The Sociological Imagination * Gengler presents a critical analysis examining the conventional wisdom of the rentier state theory and questions Bahrain's ability to buy the loyalty of its citizens despite its lagging political legitimacy. . . Recommended for upper-division undergraduate students of Middle Eastern studies. * Choice *
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About Justin Gengler

Justin Gengler is Senior Researcher at the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University.
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