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Alice Wilson

Revisiting 'the margins' as an illuminating conceptual space analogous to, yet distinct from, the exception, this article explores the Arab Spring from its margins to highlight 'silencing effects' that, if they underpin the problematic notions of the Arab Spring and Arab exceptionalism, assume spectacular dimensions at the margins, namely, the 'disappearance' of an uprising. The disputed territory of Western Sahara, partially annexed by Morocco since 1975, saw an unprecedented uprising in October-November 2010. Annexed Western Sahara's uprising narrowly preceded Tunisia's, conventionally recognized as the first of the Arab Spring. Despite Sahrawis' perceptions of similarities between their uprising and the Arab Spring, Western Sahara's uprising is overlooked in most analyses of the Arab Spring. 'Silencing effects' obscure these similarities and, ultimately, the uprising itself.

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Women's Uprising in Poland

Embodied Claims between the Nation and Europe

Jennifer Ramme


In 2016 a legislative proposal introducing an abortion ban resulted in female mass mobilisations. The protests went along with frequent claims of Polish as well as European belonging. Next to this, creative appropriations of patriotic symbols related to national movements, fights and uprisings for independence and their transformation into a sign of female bodily sovereignty could be observed all over the country. The appearance of bodies needs to be looked at in relation to the concrete political context and conditions in which bodies materialise (). Bodies are in this sense always relational, but they also depend. The article argues that the constitution of ‘European bodies’ can serve to empower people exposed to and oppressed by nationalist biopolitics. In such cases a ‘European body’ might be constituted in distinction to the nation/nationalism and its claim of ownership on female bodies (the ‘national body’) and by performing multiple belongings extending national belonging.

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The Three Burials of Aslak Hætta and Mons Somby

Repatriation Narratives and Ritual Performances

Stein R. Mathisen

( Zorgdrager 1997 ). Altogether, the overpowering Sámi group imprisoned 32 Sámi men and women who had participated in the uprising. Hearings in the lower district court in Alta started 15 November 1852 and ended 25 May the following year. By then, another of

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Drawing Stereotypes

Europe and East Asia in Russian Political Caricature, 1900–1905

Zachary Hoffman

influence along the Chinese coast. 3 Tensions boiled over into military conflict twice during this period in the Chinese antiforeign revolt known as the Boxer Uprising in 1900 and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–5. The rapid growth of publishing in the

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Corinna Mullin and Ian Patel

, former political prisoner, speaking at an artistic commemoration of torture committed during the former regime held in November 2012 at the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice ( Abdellaoui 2012 ). Five years after Tunisia’s uprising in the

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Sheikhs and the City

Urban Paths of Contention in Sidon, Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

After years of community activism in the Sidon, a local sheikh named Ahmad Assir rose to prominence in the aftermath of the 2011 Syrian uprising as leader of the neo-Salafist “Assir movement.” The movement's rapid growth was enabled by internal

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Therese Sandrup

the lack of “real” initiative by Western politicians: “Everybody could see what was going on in Syria, but nobody cared to put an end to it.” At the time of the Syrian uprising, Alek was studying at a well-regarded Norwegian college. He described this

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The Silent Spring

Why Pro-democracy Activity Was Avoided in Gulf Nations during the Arab Spring

Charles Mitchell, Juliet Dinkha, and Aya Abdulhamid

relationship between democratization and collective uprisings ( Ulfelder 2005 ). Social movements are more likely to be productive if they are short and unanticipated by the regime, if the movements are nonviolent, and if they follow antigovernment protests

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Fighting Fire with Fire

Resistance to Transitional Justice in Bahrain

Ciara O’Loughlin

worthwhile object of inquiry. In this article I examine the role and implications of transitional justice in Bahrain following the February 2011 uprisings. The first section outlines existing theoretical explanations within political science for actors

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Between Afropolitans and new Sankaras

Class mobility and the reproduction of academics in Burkina Faso

Michelle Engeler

Afropolitan identity. The frustration engendered by this disruption of upward class mobility second helps to explain why student union movements have lost much of their good reputation and did not play a vanguard role during the 2014 Burkinabe uprising