The energy of revolts in Arab cities. The case of Jordan and Tunisia

Abstract : Energy has become a new urban public issue in Arab cities and, hence, the trigger of new claims, mobilizations, and even revolts or riots. This article proposes another approach of energy politics. In my view, a set of transformations in energy circuits are directly involved in the 'urbanization' of energy issues. By such a phrase, I mean different processes that reframe and rescale energy issues, usually national and international ones, at the level of the city. Energy reliability and affordability are new claims in the political arena in many Arab cities. Based on earlier research in Tunisia and Jordan, the article examines how policies of electrification in Arab cities have created a new metabolism associated with new power relations, specifically enhancing State legitimacy through symbolical and economical means. But the neoliberal turn in electricity policies, coupled with fossil fuel prices pressures, is undoing this pact. Claims for affordable prices and effective power supply have been fostered in the context of the current uprisings. Grid-embedded resistance practices by ordinary people (customers or workers), which are analyzed in this article, put new light on the vulnerability of urban electricity circuits.
Type de document :
Article dans une revue
Built Environment, Alexandrine Press, 2014, pp.128-139
Liste complète des métadonnées

Littérature citée [33 références]  Voir  Masquer  Télécharger
Contributeur : Éric Verdeil <>
Soumis le : jeudi 10 avril 2014 - 17:55:16
Dernière modification le : jeudi 7 février 2019 - 17:15:07
Document(s) archivé(s) le : lundi 10 avril 2017 - 11:46:36


Fichiers produits par l'(les) auteur(s)


  • HAL Id : halshs-00976772, version 1


Éric Verdeil. The energy of revolts in Arab cities. The case of Jordan and Tunisia. Built Environment, Alexandrine Press, 2014, pp.128-139. 〈halshs-00976772〉



Consultations de la notice


Téléchargements de fichiers