Oman : politics and society in the Qaboos State / Marc Valeri.
By: Valeri, MarcMaterial type: TextPublisher: London : C.Hurst & Co., 2017Description: viii, 298 pages ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781849044851 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Oman -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Oman -- Social conditions -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 320.53/095353 LOC classification: DS247.O68 | V32 2017
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-267) and index.
Machine generated contents note: -- 1. Foundations of the modern state -- 2. Two legitimacies and no state -- 3. The founding conflicts of the modern national identity -- 4. Legitimisation by the welfare state -- 5. National identity building -- 6. The reinvented political tradition -- 7. Laborious renewal of the basis of the regime -- 8. National identity challenged?.
"When Sultan Qaboos overthrew his father as ruler of the Persian Gulf state of Oman in 1970, with the help of British advisers, few expected him to survive long. He was unknown to his own population, and the country was poor and plagued by civil wars. Yet he has built his regime's legitimacy on a policy of national unification, the assimilation of all of Oman to the oil rentier state framework, and of his state to the person of the sultan, the incarnation of the country's "renaissance." This books seeks to understand the mechanisms of social and political perpetuation of authoritarianism in post-colonial states such as Oman. It shows how one monarchical power has built and constantly renewed its basis to meet the internal and external challenges threatening its stability. Yet this book also raises the question of what happens when one part of this model, namely an oil-rent economy, falters, with half the population under fifteen years of age and when the privileges enjoyed till recently may no longer be tenable. Valeri also sheds light on the strategies adopted and challenges faced by other Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf, Morocco and Jordan"--
"Seeks to understand the mechanisms of social and political perpetuation of authoritarianism in post-colonial states such as Oman. This book shows how one monarchical power has built and renewed its basis to meet the challenges threatening its stability. It also sheds light on the strategies adopted and challenges faced by other Arab monarchies"--