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Chapter 3 shows how the Southern Revolution in Yemen reconstituted public spaces, gendered subjectivities, and gendered practices. Revolution squares all over Aden became sites of organizing, street-corner universities, and havens of embodied forms of care and comfort. As the Southern Revolution mobilized women, young people, and the poor, it produced the widespread conviction that women should be reintegrated into public space, as was the case during the socialist People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen in the South (1967–90). The Southern Revolution produced civilpolitics, an imaginary of state power that is subservient and accountable to civil rather than military, tribal, or clerical forces.

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