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By Lisa Wedeen

In Syria, similar to President Hafiz al-Asad is all over the place. In newspapers, on tv, and through orchestrated spectacles Asad is praised because the "father," the "gallant knight," even the country's "premier pharmacist." but such a lot Syrians, together with those that create the professional rhetoric, don't believe its claims. Why might a regime spend scarce assets on a cult whose content material is patently spurious?

Wedeen concludes that Asad's cult acts as a disciplinary gadget, producing a politics of public dissimulation during which electorate act as if they respected their chief. by means of inundating lifestyle with drained symbolism, the regime workouts a sophisticated, but powerful type of strength. The cult works to implement obedience, result in complicity, isolate Syrians from each other, and set directions for public speech and behaviour. Wedeen's ethnographic study demonstrates how Syrians realize the disciplinary elements of the cult and search to undermine them. Provocative and unique, Ambiguities of Domination is an important contribution to comparative politics, political thought, and cultural studies.

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The cult is able to appropriate symbols of love and connection that signify affectively meaningful relations, even if the official ideal fails to jibe with people's own lived experiences as members of families. The official narrative also analogizes these familial relationships to gendered understandings of national community. Although Asad's cult is not the first gendered formulation of national belonging-having been preceded by the pan-Arab nation-the rhetoric of the cult in Syria inscribes Asad in the official national narrative in ways that tend also to advertise the ambiguities of his power.

The regime's imagery and rhetoric cohere with a pattern of social relations in which boundaries among family members are fluid and paternal authority is privileged. The reference to family signifies an idealized formulation of regime connection in which Asad's citizen-children are, like children of an actual Syrian father, extensions of himself. Nation-building in the Syrian context has been symbolized in the official narrative by extending "patriarchal connectivity" from specific families to a mythic, national family, of which Asad is the male head.

His arms reached out to touch them. Their arms were raised to touch him. On this occasion, Asad addressed the crimes of the Muslim Brotherhood and cautioned Syrians to beware of those "who wear the clothes ofIslam" but are not Muslims. The regime's representation of events at Hama demonstrates the ways in which the official narrative clutters public space and provides a formula for public speech. The regime puts forth the exemplary rhetoric to be imitated and thereby orients would-be KILLING POLITICS commentators.

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