Lacroix Reading & Saudi Arabia

The Lacroix reading touched on many different ways of thinking about the social activism and protesting that has happened and is still happening in Saudi Arabia. She touches on the idea that it may seem that these protests and movements for change in regime and in human rights have not had a large impact on making a real difference in the country. This may be the case, but she also goes into detail explaining the impacts these movements have had on the citizens in the country in different areas and how it has sparked debate in many places. It is interesting that even though she explained that many of the people in Saudi Arabia agreed that change needed to be made, some disagreed on the extent to which change should take place and also how to go about making this change. This caused issues between activists who actually had the same fundamental ideas but instead of joining together as comrades as Lacroix puts it, they have become pulled apart. This has worked against the cause that many of these activists and citizens have tried to work towards, as Liberals and Islamists are seeing each other as different rather than the same. The government is able to take advantage of this situation and push their own agenda on the public, causing more political dissent. There are many different sects of activists within Saudi Arabia, and I think that although after reading about it I understand why these groups view their fundamental values as different, they should ally themselves with each other if they expect to make lasting and visible changes in their country. Overall, everybody seems to be seeking change so instead of focusing on the different way in which they choose to go about making this change they should join forces and tackle the regime as a whole.

Lacroix Reading & Saudi Arabia

2 thoughts on “Lacroix Reading & Saudi Arabia

  1. janakornely says:

    I just thought again how the differences between the groups kept them from collaborating in a way that could have had a significant impact and what role the internet might have played in that process. The internet provides access to a huge amount of information and can teach people about other groups and cultures. It can bring different people together by having them communicate on relatively neutral ground and learn about each other’s backgrounds. However, the internet can also separate people by drawing attention to differences previously unseen or by making people perceive differences that do not exist in real life. This can happen because written messages might be misinterpreted as one might imagine it with an intonation not intended by the writer. Spoken face-to-face communication can of course be misinterpreted as well, but gestures and facial expressions can provide some further clues. The internet can therefore not only drive, but also halt activism and social movements, although I’d say that the beneficial aspects prevail.


  2. I like your point that many of the liberals and Islamists have similar but separate views on the political issue and have become extension on different perspectives. Furthermore, I think you are also right that the Saudi government has played both sides of the social issue and are negatively effecting the possibility of future resolve, by disturbing and discrediting the foundations of change the protesters have recently set. Possibly, the large amount of separate Islamist groups has created a gateway for the Saudi government to exploit the youth movements as merely arbitrary acts against the governments political and religious authority.


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