Questioning mono-causal perceptions of the Arab revolts

Questioning “mono-causal”  perceptions of the Arab revolts

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Questioning “mono-causal“ perceptions of the Arab revolts Cuestionando las percepciones “mono-casuales“ de las revueltas árabes Remise en cause de la perception « mono-casuale » des révoltes Arabes 

Following media, academic and public debates, it seems the Arab protests have sometimes been reduced to mono-causal narratives. Several analysts have produced limited interpretations by simply creating parallels between the current revolts and previous uprisings or, worse, by looking for explanations that suit their own political agenda. Another problem is a persistent black-and-white view, where different factions only recognize political actors that fit into their worldview. It is a difficult task to read the Arab revolts and even more difficult to characterize their nature. Before we can understand these phenomena, we must first deconstruct several interpretations that only prevent us from recognize the originality of such revolts. This paper seeks to organize these tendencies, illustrating them with examples, ands in this way to contribute to the discussion of the root causes of the revolts.
Article Type: Research Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/reco.2012.020305
Pages: 67–83