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Stretching Marxism in the postcolonial world: Egyptian decolonisation and the contradictions of national sovereignty

Salem, Sara (2019) Stretching Marxism in the postcolonial world: Egyptian decolonisation and the contradictions of national sovereignty. Historical Materialism, 27 (4). 3 - 28. ISSN 1465-4466

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Identification Number: 10.1163/1569206X-00001840

Abstract

This article focuses on Egypt's moment of decolonisation in order to explore some of the productive tensions between Marxism, Frantz Fanon's work, and postcolonial contexts. Through a reading of Egypt's attempts at independent industrialisation and decolonising 'the international', the article uses Frantz Fanon's invitation to 'stretch Marxism' as a way of understanding the particularities of capitalism in the colonial and postcolonial world. It is posited that events such as decolonisation across the postcolonial world have been central to the evolution of global capitalism, and should be centred within Marxist analyses of global politics. It is further argued that these moments can shed light on the contradictions of nationalism, sovereignty and independence, and the ways in which anticolonialism in places like Egypt ultimately reproduced, rather than challenged, colonial capitalism. Keywords

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://brill.com/view/journals/hima/hima-overview...
Additional Information: © 2019 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 13:09
Last Modified: 29 May 2020 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103967

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