This book examines the civil–social interactions which have shaped and continue to influence the political and social development of modern Gulf societies. It analyses the influence of public and private social spaces, such as sports arenas and dawawin as well as developments in the legal and cultural spheres.

Geographically, the volume covers Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Each chapter discusses a different aspect of current trends in society, offering a multidimensional perspective on recent developments. In so doing, the chapters highlight the existence of a growing participation culture as a force for dynamic social change in a global context. Bringing to attention the continuing social change in public and private spaces, which have increased public social interactions within the last ten years, this books also demonstrates the opening of dialogues between the public and the authorities. The contributors are established scholars living in the Gulf, as well as academics with long-term field research in the region, thus providing unique perspectives on current sociopolitical trends in the Gulf states.

Participation Culture in the Gulf will be useful to students and scholars of Middle Eastern politics and society, as well as social movements and political participation more generally.

part I|2 pages

Sociopolitical transformations and civil society engagement

chapter 1|9 pages

New spaces and sociabilities are reshaping Emirati society

ByJane Bristol-Rhys

chapter 2|36 pages

Art, politics and social change in the Gulf

ByCharlotte Schriwer

chapter 3|19 pages

Unusual suspects

Sport in the Gulf as an arena of protest and change
ByJames M. Dorsey

part II|2 pages

Non-traditional actors in the public political space

chapter 4|20 pages

Legal actors and sociopolitical change in the contemporary Arab Gulf

ByDavid Mednicoff

chapter 5|20 pages

Public Property Law in Kuwait and the popular movement that never started

The 2008 Diwaniyya Demolitions
ByJames C.A. Redman

part III|2 pages

Nation, identity and change

chapter 8|15 pages

Networks online and offline

Spaces of cultural production in the Gulf
ByNele Lenze