Tunisian Revolutions : reflections on seas, coasts, and interiors / Julia Clancy-Smith.

By: Clancy-Smith, Julia Ann [author.]Contributor(s): Georgetown University. Center for Contemporary Arab StudiesMaterial type: TextTextDescription: vi, 46 pages : illustrations (chiefly color)Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781626162310Subject(s): Tunisians | HISTORY / Africa / North | POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General | Tunisia -- Foreign relations | Tunisia -- Politics and government | Tunisians | Tunisia -- History -- 19th century | Tunisia -- Politics and government -- 19th century | Tunisia -- History -- 20th century | Tunisia -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Tunisia -- History -- 21st century | Tunisia -- Politics and government -- 21st century | Tunisia -- Politics and governmentGenre/Form: .LOC classification: DT257 | .C553 2014
Contents:
Preludes and Postscripts: Of Baguettes and Social Protest -- Coastalization: Agriculture, Colonialism, and the Granary of Rome -- Coastalization and Globalization: Tourism, Profane and Sacred -- Mediterranean Women, Politics, and Islam -- Mediterranean Games, Politics, and Dissent -- From Sidi Bou Said to Sidi Bouzid: Targets and Symbols.
Summary: "In December 2010 an out-of-work Tunisian merchant, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire and precipitated the Arab Spring. Popular interpretations of Bouazizi's self-immolation viewed economic and political despair as the root of the Tunisian revolution, but as Julia Clancy-Smith points out, Tunisia's long history of revolutions and protest movements presents a far more complicated set of causes. Proposing a conceptual framework of "coastalization" v. "interiorization," Clancy-Smith examines Tunisia's last two centuries and demonstrates how geographical and environmental and social factors also lie behind that country's volatile history. Within this framework Clancy-Smith explores how Tunisia's coast became a Mediterranean playground for transnational elites, a mecca of tourism, while its interior agrarian regions suffered increasing neglect and marginalization. This distinction has had a profound impact on the fate of Tunisia, and has manifested itself in divisive debates over politics and religion and gender that have lead to a series of mass civic actions that continue to this day. Clancy-Smith proposes a fresh historical lens through which to view the relationship between spacial displacements, regionalization, and transnationalism. "--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 34-45).

Preludes and Postscripts: Of Baguettes and Social Protest -- Coastalization: Agriculture, Colonialism, and the Granary of Rome -- Coastalization and Globalization: Tourism, Profane and Sacred -- Mediterranean Women, Politics, and Islam -- Mediterranean Games, Politics, and Dissent -- From Sidi Bou Said to Sidi Bouzid: Targets and Symbols.

"In December 2010 an out-of-work Tunisian merchant, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire and precipitated the Arab Spring. Popular interpretations of Bouazizi's self-immolation viewed economic and political despair as the root of the Tunisian revolution, but as Julia Clancy-Smith points out, Tunisia's long history of revolutions and protest movements presents a far more complicated set of causes. Proposing a conceptual framework of "coastalization" v. "interiorization," Clancy-Smith examines Tunisia's last two centuries and demonstrates how geographical and environmental and social factors also lie behind that country's volatile history. Within this framework Clancy-Smith explores how Tunisia's coast became a Mediterranean playground for transnational elites, a mecca of tourism, while its interior agrarian regions suffered increasing neglect and marginalization. This distinction has had a profound impact on the fate of Tunisia, and has manifested itself in divisive debates over politics and religion and gender that have lead to a series of mass civic actions that continue to this day. Clancy-Smith proposes a fresh historical lens through which to view the relationship between spacial displacements, regionalization, and transnationalism. "--Provided by publisher.

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Julia Clancy-Smith is professor of history at the University of Arizona. She is the coauthor of The Modern Middle East and North Africa: A History in Documents and author of Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration and Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters .

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