- Publisher: Pluto Press
- ISBN: 9780745335575
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- Publication Date: Feb 2016
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- Pages: 240
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Gramsci on Tahrir
Coming in the wake of intense political and academic debate on the nature and development of the Arab Spring, Gramsci on Tahrir zeroes in on the complex dynamic of Egypt’s revolution and counter-revolution. It shows how a Gramscian understanding of the revolutionary process provides a powerful instrument for charting the possibilities for an emancipatory project by the Egyptian subaltern classes.
Central to De Smet’s argument is Gramsci’s take on Caesarism which involves looking at a situation in which the forces in struggle are balanced in a truly catastrophic way, and how the interplay of these forces can only end in mutual destruction. The forces acting in Egypt provide a clear example of a state with an absence of strong hegemonies and capable counter-hegemonies. Through this analysis, we can see how the current situation in Egypt demonstrates how both national histories and viagra buy global power relations enable, define and displace popular resistance and social transformation.
Gramsci on Tahrir is a major contribution to the existing literature on Egypt and the Arab Spring with important implications for radical political theory.
2 From Bourgeois to Permanent Revolution
3 A Criterion for Interpretation
5 Passive Revolution and Imperialism
6 Lineages of Egyptian Caesarism
7 The 25 January Revolution
8 Revolution and Restoration
About the Author
Brecht de Smet is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Ghent University. De Smet is the author of several academic articles and opinion pieces about the workers’ movement in Egypt. His most recent work is A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt: Gramsci, Vygotsky, and the Egyptian Revolution (2015, Brill).