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The Striking Cabbies of Cairo and Other Stories
Crafts and Guilds in Egypt, 1863-1914
The Striking Cabbies of Cairo and Other Stories
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John T. Chalcraft - Author
SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 302 pages
Release Date: August 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6143-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6143-3

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Paperback - 302 pages
Release Date: June 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6144-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6144-0

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Challenges existing views of crafts and service workers in Egypt in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This book charts new directions in Egyptian social history, providing the first systematic account of adaptation and protest among crafts and service workers in Egypt in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using a wealth of new sources, John T. Chalcraft challenges conventional notions of craft stagnation and decline by recovering the largely unknown histories of crafts workers' restructuring in the face of world economic integration, and their petitions, demonstrations, and strike-action at a time of state-building and colonial rule. Chalcraft demonstrates the economic importance of petty producers and service providers, and tells the story of widespread collective assertion couched in new discourses of citizenship and nationalism. He also gives a new interpretation of the end of the guilds in Egypt and addresses larger debates about unevenness under capitalism.

“…Chalcraft’s book makes a valuable contribution to our general knowledge of Egypt’s economic history before World War I and our specific understanding of how Egyptian workers organized themselves within a challenging political and economic environment.” — American Historical Review

"An intelligent, erudite, and original work. Chalcraft finds that while guilds collapsed in the 1890s, the handicraft/service economy did not. In contrast to the dominant literature, he argues that small providers of goods and services managed to retain shares of existing markets and, in some sectors, they remained dominant for very long periods of time." — Ellis Jay Goldberg, editor of The Social History of Labor in the Middle East

"Chalcraft corrects a good number of errors and misunderstandings by previous scholars by concentrating on social strata that have hitherto largely been excluded from the history of nineteenth-century Egypt." — Joel Beinin, author of Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East

John T. Chalcraft is Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Edinburgh.


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Table of Contents

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Foreword by Donald Quataert

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Popular History
Crafts, Protests, and Guilds in Egypt
Unevenness under Capitalism
Restructuring and Political Contention, 1805–1914
Structure and Scope
Documents, Newspapers, and Old Books

1. Crafts and Guilds before 1863

Crafts and Guilds in the Ottoman Empire
European Power and Egyptian Dynasty Building
Crafts and Service Workers
Guilds
Conclusion

2. Restructuring after the Cotton Boom

Unequal World Economic Integration
Imperialism
Self-Strengthening
Restructuring
Construction
Textiles and Garment Trades
Urban Transport
Conclusion

3. Petitions and Protests under Isma'il

Co-opting the Guilds
Weapons of the Weak
New Avenues of Participation
The Box Makers of Cairo and Taxation
A Stonemason and Guild Dues
Contracting, Labor Relations, and Merchants
Seeking Mercy: The Cabdrivers of Cairo
Claiming Citizenship: The Carters of Bulaq
Bidding for Redistribution: The Porters of Alexandria
Conclusion

4. Restructuring under Colonial Rule

The Colonial State and World Economic Integration
Crafts and Service Workers and Restructuring
Garment Making
Textiles
Construction
Urban Transport
Conclusion

5. Strikes and Protests under Colonial Rule

Demobilization
Abandoning the Guilds
Informalism
Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire
The Rise of Nationalism
The Advent of Mass Popular Protest
The Making of an Alliance
Conclusion

Conclusion

Restructuring
The Guilds
Collective Assertion
Unevenness under Capitalism
Popular History

Appendix. A Boatman's Petition

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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