Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East

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    Adam Hanieh

    Publisher: Haymarket Books

    Year: 2013

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 282 pages

    ISBN: 9781608463251

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In this illuminating and original work, Adam Hanieh demonstrates that the Arab Spring rebellions are about much more than democracy

While the outcomes of the tumultuous uprisings that continue to transfix the Arab world remain uncertain, the root causes of rebellion persist. Drawing upon extensive empirical research, Lineages of Revolt tracks the major shifts in the region’s political economy over recent decades. In this illuminating and original work, Adam Hanieh explores the contours of neoliberal policies, dynamics of class and state formation, imperialism and the nature of regional accumulation, the significance of Palestine and the Gulf Arab states, and the ramifications of the global economic crisis. By mapping the complex and contested nature of capitalism in the Middle East, the book demonstrates that a full understanding of the uprisings needs to go beyond a simple focus on “dictators and democracy.”

What People Are Saying
“More than three years after the beginning of the uprisings in the Arab world, one is scarcely able to find a commentator with anything good to say about them—least of all one on the Left … Adam Hanieh’s Lineages of Revolt is a bracing corrective to this sort of thinking and deserves its place on the bookshelves and reading lists of students of the region and activists alike. Both meatily empirical and sharply theoretical, Hanieh’s book dispatches several of the clichés that inform the study of the political economy of the Arab world … Lineages of Revolt is, in short, a masterful achievement.”
—Jaime Allinson, WorkingUSA
About the Author

Adam Hanieh is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (UK). He is author of Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).

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