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Counterrevolutionary Imaginaries: Neoliberal Co-optation in Lebanon's New Opposition

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dc.contributor.advisor Majed, Rima El Kak, Nadim 2023-01-16T06:21:27Z 2023-01-16T06:21:27Z 2023-01-16 2023-01-14
dc.description.abstract Despite its scale, revolutionary fervor, and temporarily creating a new field of possibilities, Lebanon’s 2019 uprising did not manage to overthrow the country's neoliberal-sectarian regime due to a range of counterrevolutionary mechanisms. Primary interviews conducted with key members of anti-establishment groups reveal that counterrevolutionary elements could even be found within Lebanon’s new opposition. By examining the policy stances, strategies, and ideologies of new groups that took part in the 2022 general elections, the thesis argues that, over time, reformists who do not seek to fundamentally reimagine the political system took over the oppositionist sphere and, through a range of strategic choices, deradicalized the revolutionary movement, steering it towards a trajectory of co-optation by traditional opposition actors in the March 14 political camp. More specifically, a narrowing down of fields of possibilities and a lowering of political expectations occurred under the guise of a pragmatism informed by neoliberal ideology. This ideology, the thesis argues, is part of a highly effective and growing toolbox of counterrevolutionary instruments that limits political imaginaries, dilutes leftist aims, and subtly reproduces the capitalist status-quo around the world.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject revolution
dc.subject neoliberalism
dc.subject political imaginaries
dc.subject counterrevolution
dc.subject Lebanese uprising
dc.subject deradicalization
dc.subject social movements
dc.subject ideology
dc.subject political change
dc.subject field of possibilities
dc.title Counterrevolutionary Imaginaries: Neoliberal Co-optation in Lebanon's New Opposition
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department SOAM
dc.contributor.faculty Faculty of Arts and Sciences
dc.contributor.commembers Frangie, Samer
dc.contributor.commembers Hanafi, Sari MA
dc.contributor.AUBidnumber 202026413

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