Faculty Book: Andrea Khalil

Andrea Khalil

Crowds and Politics in North Africa
(Routledge, 2014)


This book takes predominant crowd theory to task, questioning general wisdom about ‘mob psychology’ that remains prevalent today. It offers a synchronic study of crowds, crowd dynamics, and the recent relationships of crowds to political power in Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria, with far-reaching implications embedded in its thesis. A central theme is gender, specifically women’s participation in the recent uprisings and crowds of 2011-2013 and the subsequent gender-related aspects of political transitions. Other focal points include the social and political dynamics of tribalism and group belonging (‘asabiyya), including analysis and discussions with Libyan regional tribal chiefs, Libyan and Tunisian tribal members, and citizens regarding their notions of tribal belonging. Among its original case studies is an analysis of crowd dynamics during and after the attack on the U.S. consular installation in Benghazi, Libya.

Andrea Khalil (Queens) serves on the doctoral faculty in French. 

Submitted on: OCT 20, 2014

Category: Faculty Books | French