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PhD Project

I am looking at the ongoing democratic transition process in Tunisia, with a particular focus on the interior regions on the country.  As areas considered rebellious and threatening during the decades of dictatorship, these interior regions of Tunisia, despite their central role in the revolution, remain marginalized.  My aim is to investigate the role of these areas and their dual character in the transition process: as the birthplace of the revolution and as perceived (from the center) destabilizers of democracy. More specifically I aim to investigate aspects of unevenness of democratization. In the democratization literature the level of analysis is the nation, and subnational phenomena and variation is generally ignored. Rather than assuming a homogenous effect of democratization, I wish to explore the inequalities that it may engender, exacerbate or mitigate. The ways in which not only the unevenness of democratization affects the democratic process, but the ways in which democratization and decentralization may generate very different processes and responses in different parts of the country. The aim is to explore the particular center-periphery dynamics of Tunisia as well as develop a perspective on democratization and decentralization that is more sensitive to how space and place plays a part in the ongoing transition in Tunisia

My research will be based on fieldwork, particularly, but not limited to, those of an ethnographic variety, including participant observation, formal and semi-formal interviews.

Research interests

Democratization, Decentralization, Middle East & North Africa, Center-Periphery, Secularism, Ethnographic methods