Merouan Mekouar is a political scientist and professor of International Development Studies at York University and a senior fellow at the inter-university consortium of Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at McGill University. He works on social movements and authoritarian collapse in North Africa and the Middle East.
'This context-sensitive monograph is a great contribution to the literature on social mobilization in the largely understudied Maghreb region. It provides a unique examination of the dialectical process of social mobilization and state repression based on interviews with activists and members of the security services. Definitely a must read book.' Osire Glacier, Bishop's University, Canada 'Mekouar's theoretically unique and narratively rich book is a required-read for students of the Middle East and practitioners who want to understand how the regimes, the opposition movements and ordinary citizens reacted in a way that stimulated or failed mobilization in Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco. Any MENA or social movement syllabus must include this work for a better understanding of the Arab Uprisings and its continuing legacies on the region.' Ekrem Karakoc, Binghamton University, SUNY, USA