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Rebel populism (hardcover)


Workers from the Syrian diaspora have maintained a presence in Lebanon for decades, building multimillion-dollar apartment complexes, toiling for backbreaking hours in grocery stores. From the mid-2000s, liberalising reforms saw accelerating levels of poverty among workers, often paid as low as $20 per day. Instead of ‘opportunity’, workers faced the prospect of indefinite economic exile, the unending drudgery of hard labour, and a constant struggle to make ends meet. But in 2011, revolution came to Syria. Rural towns and villages exploded in revolt, but even those workers who remained in Beirut found means to protest at a distance. Their movement, which this book identifies as ‘rebel populism,’ represents an early instance of an increasingly common global contentious political formation, a form of mass politics that emerges not via a charismatic orator or developed ideological convictions, but through the weaving together of grievances aimed at the ruling class.

SKU: 38940 Category: Tags: ,
Subtitle: Revolution and loss among Syrian labourers in Beirut
Author: Proudfoot, Philip
Year: 2022
ISBN: 9781526158109
Pages: 248
Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publisher's city: Manchester
Publication date: 2022-04-29
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