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Middle East popular politics in Gramscian perspective

Chalcraft, John (2021) Middle East popular politics in Gramscian perspective. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. ISSN 1089-201X (In Press)

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Abstract

This article outlines a theoretical framework for researching popular politics in the Middle East and North Africa. The paper sketches a Gramscian alternative to existing approaches in materialist Marxism, cultural studies, and social movement studies. It aims to think a Gramsci useful to historians, political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists, beyond the common loci of Gramsci scholarship in political theory, comparative literature, and international relations. With a start point in Gramsci’s philosophy of praxis, it puts forward a concept of popular politics as a mostly slow-moving, complex and many-layered transformative activity, a form of historical protagonism comprised of a variety of moments, capable of working changes on existing forms of hegemony and founding new social relations. The point is to enable researchers in Middle East Studies to see and research popular politics, carry on a critique of transformative activity, and to inform transformation in the present.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://read.dukeupress.edu/cssaame
Additional Information: © 2021 Duke University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 14:51
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/109001

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