“Messy” revolutionary social change in Dhufar, Oman: the seeds of lasting legacies? 

Seminários GI
Qui . 1 Jul . 11h00 a 13h00
Online
“Messy” revolutionary social change in Dhufar, Oman: the seeds of lasting legacies? 
Alice Wilson

O próximo Seminário do GI Identidades, Culturas, Vulnerabilidades ficará a cargo da Alice Wilson, da Universidade de Sussex.

Titulo: “Messy” revolutionary social change in Dhufar, Oman: the seeds of lasting legacies? 

Link de acesso ao seminário: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/87270482555 

 

Resumo: Revolutions often aim to achieve social transformation, in addition to political liberation. Yet people’s practical experiences of revolutionary social change entail contradictions and compromises. Such problems can lead both sympathizers and opponents of revolutionary projects to diagnose their failure. Rather than evaluate in terms of success or failure, however, ethnographic research into revolutionary social change in Dhufar’s liberation movement, 1965-1975, suggests that we may learn more about revolutionary social change by examining contradictions and compromises as part of the “messiness” of social transformation projects. Messiness sees revolutionary subjects engage with social change agendas as they negotiate and reinterpret them. Ultimately, the messiness of revolutionary social change, and the underlying engagement that it implies, help explain how revolutionary movements have lasting legacies – even in a case such as Dhufar where authoritarian counterinsurgency ended formal revolutionary mobilization.

 

Biografia: Alice Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on transformations of the relationship between governing authorities and governed constituencies in revolutions and liberation movements in the Middle East and North Africa. She is author of Sovereignty in Exile: a Saharan liberation movement governs (Pennsylvania, 2016). She is currently working on a monograph examining the legacies of the revolution in Dhufar, southern Oman.