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The uprising of the marginalised: a socio-economic perspective of the Syrian uprising

Azmeh, Shamel (2014) The uprising of the marginalised: a socio-economic perspective of the Syrian uprising. LSE Middle East Centre paper series (6). Middle East Centre, LSE, London, UK.

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More than three years after the outbreak of protests in a number of Arab countries, the role of socio-economic factors in these events is attracting more attention. One of the cases that needs more research is Syria. More than three years into the Syrian uprising, the socio-economic roots of the protest movement that became one of the bloodiest civil conflicts in the history of the Middle East need to be examined. While it has been observed that the Syrian uprising, contrary to some ‘Arab Spring’ countries, has been an uprising of more marginalised social groups with a strong role played by poorer segments in the society, particularly rural and rural-to-urban migrants, the socio-economic explanation for this is still underdeveloped. This paper aims at contributing to a better understanding of this issue by examining the political and socio-economic compromise that underlined the rule of the Ba’th party in Syria for four decades and unpacking how a combination of internal and external shifts that started in the 1990s and intensified in the 2000s led to the erosion of this compromise, providing the background to the events that began in 2011.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 14:34
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 01:22

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