Between State and Market: The Making and Breaking of the Middle Class in the Middle East - Call For Papers

Between State and Market: The Making and Breaking of the Middle Class in the Middle East

University of Exeter Press has invited us to edit a book on middle classes in the Middle East. We are currently in the process of assembling and finalizing a list of contributions prior to submitting the book proposal for peer review, in line with Exeter's approval processes.

This edited volume seeks to reintroduce the categories of 'class' and 'middle class' into the study of the contemporary Middle East. This volume's aims are threefold: First, to explore how middle classes were re/shaped by first emerging, and later established, regional nation-states. Second, to analyze the attempted coercion and co-optation of middle classes by authoritarian regimes – both republican and monarchical. Third, to show the growing challenges that middle classes posed to such regimes, which more recently manifested themselves in the rebellious outburst of the Arab Spring. Combined, this volume will offer a reinvigorated theoretical and empirical approach to the various roles of the middle class in the contemporary Middle East.

Please see full book description here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bjeg8w85o4x7kac/Call%20for%20papers.docx?dl=0

If interested, send a short description of proposed chapter (100-200 words) and a CV to: rellish@bgu.ac.il
by December 15, 2019.

Relli Shechter and Ben Zarhi, Ben-Gurion University, editors

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