The streets of Iraq : protests, the public sphere and democracy

Isakhan, Benjamin 2009, The streets of Iraq : protests, the public sphere and democracy, in APSA 2009 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association annual conference 2009, Macquarie University, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 1-18.

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Title The streets of Iraq : protests, the public sphere and democracy
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Conference name Australian Political Studies Association. Conference (2009 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 28-30 Sep. 2009
Title of proceedings APSA 2009 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association annual conference 2009
Editor(s) Hawker, Geoffrey
Publication date 2009
Conference series Australian Political Studies Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 18
Publisher Macquarie University
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary Since the invasion of Iraq by Coalition forces in 2003, much attention has been paid to the violence ravaging Iraq’s streets, so much so that they have become synonymous with bloodshed and chaos. This paper begins by countering this prominent view with a brief outline of some of the more positive scenes that have played out on Iraq’s streets, including the successful elections of 2005 and 2009. The bulk of the paper builds on this discussion to detail the various protest movements that have emerged across Iraq since 2003, including those organised by Shia clerics, minority movements, women’s organisations and Iraqi worker unions. This paper concludes by arguing that the willingness of normal Iraqi citizens to exercise their democratic right to protest indicates the degree to which democratic ideals are taking hold in Iraq and represents a fundamental step towards a more peaceful and inclusive future.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, Macquarie University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033471

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Centre for Comparative Social Research
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