Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781780324302 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781780324319 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Bread, Freedom, Social Justice

Workers and the Egyptian Revolution

Anne Alexander and Mostafa Bassiouny

Bread, Freedom, Social Justice

Anne Alexander and Mostafa Bassiouny

Distributed for Zed Books

400 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781780324302 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781780324319 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Accounts of the Arab Spring often focus on the role of youth coalitions, the use of social media, and the tactics of the Tahrir Square occupation. This authoritative and original book argues that collective action by organised workers played a fundamental role in the Egyptian revolution, which erupted after years of strikes and social protests.

Drawing on the authors' decade-long experience of reporting on and researching the Egyptian labour movement, the book provides the first in-depth account of the emergence of independent trade unions and workers' militancy during Mubarak's last years in power, and and their destabilising impact on the post-revolutionary regimes.

Contents

Introduction: From the Republic of Tahrir to the Republic of Fear? Theorising revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt 2011-2014
1.From Nasserism to neoliberalism: a new amalgam of state and private capital
2.The changing structure of the Egyptian working class in the neoliberal era
3.Strikes, protests and the development of a revolutionary crisis
4. Organisation in the workplace before the revolution: the Nasserist model in crisis
5. From strike committee to independent union
6.The revolution’s social soul: workers and the January Revolution
7. Workers’ organisations since the revolution
8.The crisis of representation: workers and elections
9. Tathir: the struggle to cleanse the state
Conclusion: Beyond the Republic of Dreams: revolutionary organisation, democracy and the question of the state

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