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An Interview with Joel Beinin
Donald J. MacLachlan Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University



About “Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt” by Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press 2016)

“Whereas the crucial role played by workers in Egypt and Tunisia has been woefully overlooked by much of the media and think tank scholarship, Joel Beinin traces the rich and complex history of labor movements and their pivotal role in ongoing struggles for change.” ~ Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! And The Nation Institute

The Arab Uprisings of 2011 were the outcome of many determinants and historical factors. However, workers’ participation in the social ferment preceding the ouster of Egyptian and Tunisian autocrats and in the political realignments after their demise was far more important than most observers have acknowledged. In Workers and Thieves, Joel Beinin surveys the efforts and impacts of the workers’ movements in Egypt and Tunisia since the 1970s, and argues that the 2011 uprisings — and, importantly, the differing outcomes of these uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt in the years since — are best understood within the context of the repeated mobilizations of workers and the unemployed over recent decades.

JOEL BEININ is the Donald J. MacLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University.

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Produced by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Producer: Paul George
Videographer & Editor: TD Daniell

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