[P4807] Frictions of Governing in the MENA

Created by Mona Atia
Monday, 11/20/17 3:30pm


Contemporary practices of governing in the Middle East and North Africa are shaped by the specific context as well as global context. Governing is undertaken by a multitude of actors and could be characterized as a set of transformative practices that are contextualized arenas for political contestation, or "frictions" contingent on local and historical configurations of power.
These frictions between policy and practice result in new spaces and sites within which governance takes place and new subjectivities are forged.
The reconfiguration of actors, practices and techniques of governing produces different social, physical, governmental and metaphorical 'spaces'. These spaces are spaces of encounter, assemblages of power and relations, and arenas of contestation between myriad actors whose agendas are negotiated and renegotiated. Combined with the politics of globalization, the expansion of "cooperation's" and "partnerships" connecting countries of the region with global powers and multilateral institutions produces these spaces and sites rife with 'frictions.'
Drawing on ethnographic, multi-sited and actor-focused empirical inquiries, this session investigates the various and multi-scalar techniques and practices of governing territories and people in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. The papers presented in this panel highlight the frictions, relations of power and inequalities that characterize regimes and practices of governance in the region and beyond. The papers collectively analyze how these new forms and sites of governance shape the logics of action between actors, the fissures and ruptures characterizing these reconfigured forms of governance and the socio-spatial implications of new governing practices across the region.





Christopher H. Parker

(Ghent University, Belgium)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Discussant;

Mona Atia

(George Washington University)
Mona Atia is Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She is a critical development geographer whose areas of expertise include Islamic charity and finance, philanthropy and humanitarianism, housing/urban...
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Catherine Herrold

(Indiana University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Hiba Bou Akar

(Columbia University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;