The times of the revolutionary imaginary. Temporalities of political action within the Tunisian revolution

By Nabila Abbas

In this article I hypothesize that the political imaginaries of the actors of the Tunisian revolution allow us to understand their relationship to the temporality of the revolutionary moment. By “imaginaries” I understand the political meanings and representations that the actors develop in the course of their political actions and experiences, and which are not expressed solely or even mainly in ideological terms. Based on a field study, the article shows that it is the revolutionary experience itself that liberated the imagination of the actors, freeing them from the representation that prevailed under the dictatorship of a present without future.

  • Revolution
  • Imaginary
  • Tunisia
  • Revolutionary temporality
  • 2011
  • Arab Spring.
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