Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783605026 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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Crisis and Class War in Egypt

Class Warfare, the State and Global Political Economy

Sean McMahon

Crisis and Class War in Egypt

Sean McMahon

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163 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783605026 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783605033 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The toppling of the Mubarak regime in Egypt was initially greeted with widespread optimism with many hoping that it would provide a powerful model for change throughout the Middle East. However, this optimism faded as the brief period of democracy gave way to a renewed military dictatorship intent on cracking down on dissent. In Crisis and Class War in Egypt, Sean McMahon examines why the transition was so short and what this may mean for resistance movements in the region.
 
McMahon argues that events since the fall of Mubarak constitute a string of counterrevolutions, led by the older elite represented by the military. Though they initially endorsed the overthrow of Mubarak and colluded with the Muslim Brotherhood, they turned on them when it no longer suited their interests. Now this elite has turned its efforts against the Egyptian workers, peasants, and activists who originally drove protests against the Mubarak regime. Consequently, McMahon sees these events in Egypt as the product of a wider crisis of capitalism, perpetuating class struggles across the Middle East. Crisis and Class War in Egypt provides a much-needed corrective analysis of Egypt today, revealing where Egypt’s revolution went wrong, and how it can be saved.
 
Contents
Figures and tables
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
            Appearance and essence
            Analytical framework: materialist dialectics
            Vulgar and fetishistic literature
            Structure of the book

2. Dialectical development of Egypt’s crisis moment
            Introduction
            Producing the crisis of reproduction
            Conclusion

3. Fetishisms and factions
            Fetishisms
            Factions of capital
            Egypt’s social war
            Conclusion

4. Realignments and reform
            Historicizing changing relations and their political forms of expression
            Reform through crisis
            2013 political transmutation
            Conclusion

5. The coming eruption of crisis
            Expressions of war
            Contradictions at a higher stage
            The sharper, the nearer

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Harry Cleaver, professor emeritus, University of Texas at Austin
“Provides a remarkably detailed analysis of the neoliberal policies—both within Egypt and at a global level—that undermined the well-being of Egyptian workers and produced the desperation behind the uprising in 2011.”
Ibrahim Aoude, University of Hawaii at Manoa
“Employing the labor theory of value, McMahon delves into the underlying causes of the continuing crisis in Egypt. The analysis stands in stark contrast to the shallowness of Orientalist and neoliberal explanations of events. McMahon also predicts that an eruption between capital and labor is looming.”
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