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Battlefields of the republic: the struggle for public space in Tunisia

Tripp, Charles (2015) Battlefields of the republic: the struggle for public space in Tunisia. LSE Middle East Centre paper series (13). Middle East Centre, LSE, London, UK.

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This paper argues that the Tunisian revolutionary moment of 2011 and its aftermath have opened up spaces that are capable of providing a framework for the agonistic politics associated with democratic possibility. Insurgent public space, an emerging plural public, as well as adversarial contests over the constitution of the republic display features that may help to build ‘conflictual consensus’ as part of a democratic future. These possibilities are constantly being re-enacted by Tunisians whose disagreements are real enough, but whose struggles are also establishing the boundaries of an emerging political field, loosely thought of as the ‘Tunisian Republic’. This is a bold and challenging undertaking, with potentially revolutionary implications, but it is also a precarious enterprise, given the forces that may yet threaten to encroach on public space and on the rights of the citizen.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 16:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:07

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