Dr John Chalcraft

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Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire/Imperialism

Email: J.T.Chalcraft@lse.ac.uk| 
Office: CON 5.16, Connaught House
Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:30 -11:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6630
Website: personal.lse.ac.uk/chalcraft/|

Biography


John Chalcraft graduated with a starred first in history (M.A. Hons) from Gonville and Caius college Cambridge in 1992. He then did post-graduate work at Harvard, Oxford and New York University, from where he received his doctorate with distinction in the modern history of the Middle East in January 2001. He held a Research Fellowship at Caius college (1999-2000) and was a Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Edinburgh University from 2000-05. He is currently Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire/ Imperialism in the Department of Government at the LSE.

Research Interests


I work on the history and politics of the modern Middle East with special reference to Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, protest movements, migration, labour history, crafts and guilds, transnationalism, contentious politics, hegemony, and history from below. I am currently working on an ESRC-funded research project Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East. This research explores the role of popular movements in political, economic and social change in the region, drawing on theories of hegemony and consent, and paying particular attention to the role played by the diffusion and appropriation of ideas and of models for collective action across national and regional borders.

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV4F2 Popular Politics in the Middle East
  • GV4G5 The History and Politics of the Modern Middle East

Books


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Counterhegemony in the Colony and Postcolony
(Palgrave, 2007)

Capitalism seems to have conquered the world. Historians and social scientists increasingly elaborate on the ever-subtler forms of hegemony that control our lives. Resistance appears naïve, elusive or futile. Within this vexed context, this interdisciplinary volume represents an unusual attempt to think through the meaning of resistance and give new theoretical content to the oft-cited but underspecified concept of counterhegemony. Rather than proceeding in a Eurocentric manner from some principle of resistance at work in the world of 'advanced capitalism', and then generalizing to the so-called developing world, this work is grounded in theoretically informed but fine-grained studies of important but little-known cases of resistance in the global South.

With contributions from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Latin America, and reaching back to the Eighteenth-century, Counterhegemony in the Colony and Postcolony works through issues of colonialism, nationalism, statism, postcolonialism and neoliberalism. Attention is paid to politics and the state, intellectual formations, counterculture, and popular struggle. In doing so this volume goes beyond unexamined and naïve notions of resistance and gives a firmer conceptual basis for thinking counterhegemony.

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Recent Publications


Egypt's 25 January uprising, hegemonic contestation, and the explosion of the poor
Chalcraft, John (2014) Egypt's 25 January uprising, hegemonic contestation, and the explosion of the poor. In: Gerges, Fawaz A., (ed.) The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 155-179. ISBN 9781107028630

Egypt’s uprising, Mohammed Bouazizi, and the failure of neoliberalism
Chalcraft, John (2012) Egypt’s uprising, Mohammed Bouazizi, and the failure of neoliberalism. The Maghreb Review, 37 (3-4). pp. 195-214. ISSN 0309-457X

Horizontalism in the Egyptian revolutionary process
Chalcraft, John (2012) Horizontalism in the Egyptian revolutionary process. Middle East Report (2012) pp. 6-11.

Migration politics in the Arabian Peninsula
Chalcraft, John (2011) Migration politics in the Arabian Peninsula. In: Held, David and Ulrichsen, Kristian, (eds.) The Transformation of the Gulf: Politics, Economics and the Global Order. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415574518

Labour protest and hegemony in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula
Chalcraft, John (2011) Labour protest and hegemony in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. In: Motta, Sara C. and Nilsen, Alf Gunvald, (eds.) Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance. Rethinking international development series. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 35-58. ISBN 9780230243491

Migration and popular protest in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf in the 1950s and 1960s
Chalcraft, John (2011) Migration and popular protest in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf in the 1950s and 1960s. International Labor and Working Class History, 79 (1(S)). pp. 28-47. ISSN 0147-5479

Monarchy, migration and hegemony in the Arabian Peninsula
Chalcraft, John (2010) Monarchy, migration and hegemony in the Arabian Peninsula. Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States, 12. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

The invisible cage: Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon
Chalcraft, John (2009) The invisible cage: Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon. Stanford studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures . Stanford University Press, Stanford, USA. ISBN 9780804758253

Democracy
Chalcraft, John (2009) Democracy. In: Iriye, Akira and Saunier, Pierre-Yves, (eds.) The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History: From the Mid-19th Century to the Present Day. Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK, pp. 253-255. ISBN 9781403992956

Question: what are the fruitful new directions in subaltern studies, and how can those working in Middle East studies most productively engage with them?
Chalcraft, John (2008) Question: what are the fruitful new directions in subaltern studies, and how can those working in Middle East studies most productively engage with them? International Journal of Middle East Studies, 40 (3). pp. 376-378. ISSN 0020-7438

Counterhegemony in the colony and postcolony
Chalcraft, John and Noorani, Y, eds. (2007) Counterhegemony in the colony and postcolony. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230019188

Labour in the Levant
Chalcraft, John (2007) Labour in the Levant. New Left Review, 45 . pp. 27-47. ISSN 0028-6060

Popular protest, the market and the state in nineteenth and early twentieth century Egypt
Chalcraft, John (2007) Popular protest, the market and the state in nineteenth and early twentieth century Egypt. In: Cronin, S, (ed.) Subalterns and Social Protest: History From Below in the Middle East and North Africa. SOAS/Routledge studies on the Middle East. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 69-90. ISBN 9780415423557

Internalism of the left
Chalcraft, John (2006) Internalism of the left. Middle East Report, 238 (36). pp. 46-48. ISSN 0899-2851

Subalternity, material practices and popular aspirations: Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon
Chalcraft, John (2006) Subalternity, material practices and popular aspirations: Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon. Arab Studies Journal, 14 (2). pp. 9-38. ISSN 1083-4753

Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon: the limits of transnational integration, communitarian solidarity, and popular agency
Chalcraft, John (2006) Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon: the limits of transnational integration, communitarian solidarity, and popular agency. Working paper series, 2006/26. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Syrian workers in Lebanon and the role of the state: political economy and popular aspirations
Chalcraft, John (2006) Syrian workers in Lebanon and the role of the state: political economy and popular aspirations. In: De Bel-Air, Francoise, (ed.) Migration et Politique Au Moyen-Orient. Institut Français de Proche Orient, pp. 81-104. ISBN 9782351590379

Evelyn Baring
Chalcraft, John (2005) Evelyn Baring. In: Benjamin, Thomas, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450. Macmillan Reference, New York, USA. ISBN 9780028658438

Engaging the state: peasants and petitions in Egypt on the eve of colonial rule
Chalcraft, John (2005) Engaging the state: peasants and petitions in Egypt on the eve of colonial rule. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 37 (3). pp. 303-325. ISSN 0020-7438

Of specters and disciplined commodities: Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon
Chalcraft, John (2005) Of specters and disciplined commodities: Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon. Middle East Report, 236 Fa (3). ISSN 0899-2851

Pluralising capital, challenging Eurocentrism: toward post-Marxist historiography
Chalcraft, John (2005) Pluralising capital, challenging Eurocentrism: toward post-Marxist historiography. Radical History Review, 91 (Winter). pp. 13-39. ISSN 0163-6545

The end of the guilds in Egypt: restructuring textiles in the long nineteenth century
Chalcraft, John (2005) The end of the guilds in Egypt: restructuring textiles in the long nineteenth century. In: Faroqhi, Suraiya and Deguilhem, Randi, (eds.) Crafts and Craftsmen in the Middle East: Fashioning the Individual in the Muslim Mediterranean. Islamic Mediterranean Series. I. B. Tauris, London, UK, pp. 338-368. ISBN 1860647006

The striking cabbies of Cairo and other stories: crafts and guilds in Egypt, 1863-1914
Chalcraft, John (2004) The striking cabbies of Cairo and other stories: crafts and guilds in Egypt, 1863-1914. SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East . State University of New York Press, Albany, NY. ISBN 0791461432

The Cairo cab strike of 1907
Chalcraft, John (2002) The Cairo cab strike of 1907. In: Philipp, Thomas, Hanssen, Jens and Weber, Stefan, (eds.) Empire in the City: Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire. Ergon Verlag, Beirut, pp. 173-200. ISBN 9783935556897

The coal-heavers of Port Sa'id: state-making and worker protest, 1869-1914
Chalcraft, John (2001) The coal-heavers of Port Sa'id: state-making and worker protest, 1869-1914. International Labour and Working Class History, 60 . pp. 110-124. ISSN 0147-5479

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