Selected Publications

 

BOOK

Markets of Dispossession: NGOs, Economic Development, and the State in Cairo

Markets of Dispossession: NGOs, Economic Development and the State in Cairo (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005).

Winner of the American Ethnological Association, Sharon Stephens First Book Prize, 2007.


 PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES 

(Please contact me by email if you are unable to access any of my work online and I will send you a pdf).

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Upending Infrastructure: Tamarod, Resistance, and Agency after the January 25th Revolution in Egypt, History and Anthropology, 2014.

 

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Botanical Decolonization: Rethinking Native Plants. With Tomaz Mastnak and Tom Boellstorff. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2014.

 

 

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Regulating Crisis: A Retrospective Ethnography of the 1982 Latin American Debt Crisis at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Valuation Studies, 2013.

 

Next Practices: Knowledge, Infrastructure, and Public Goods at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Next Practices: Knowledge, Infrastructure, and Public Goods at the Bottom of the Pyramid, Public Culture, 2012.

 

Before (and After) Neoliberalism: Tacit Knowledge, Secrets of the Trade, and the Public Sector in Egypt"

Before (and After) Neo-Liberalism: Tacit Knowledge, Secrets of the Trade, and the Public Sector in Egypt, Cultural Anthropology, 2012.

 

 

The Political Economy of Movement and Gesture in Cairo

The Political Economy of Movement and Gesture in Cairo, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI), 2011.

 

Phatic Labor, Infrastructure, and the Question of Empowerment in Cairo

Phatic Labor, Infrastructure, and the Question of Empowerment in Cairo, American Ethnologist, 2010.

 

Best Practices: Research, Finance, and NGOs in Cairo

Best Practices: Research, NGOs, and Finance in CairoAmerican Ethnologist, 2005.

2004

Striking for Debt: Power, Finance, and Governmentality in Egypt, Anthropological Notebooks (Društva antropologov Slovenije), Volume 10, no. 1,  (Ljubljana, June 2004): 27-56.

Mappings of Power: The State, NGOs, and International Organizations in the Informal Economy of Cairo

Mappings of Power: The State, NGOs, and International Organizations in the Informal Economy of CairoComparative Studies in Society and History, 2003.

 

Empowerment Money: The World Bank, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Value of Culture in Egypt

Empowerment Money: The World Bank, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Value of Culture in Egypt. Public Culture, 2002.

REVOLUTION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION IN EGYPT

Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt a Year after January 25th. Edited collection of 17 articles about the January 25th Revolution in Egypt and its Aftermath. Co-edited with Jessica Winegar. Cultural Anthropology, Hotspots. January 2012.

Writing the Revolution: Dilemmas of Ethnographic Writing after the January 25th revolution in Egypt, Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt, January 2012.

Jadaliyya: A New  Form of Producing and Presenting Knowledge in/of the Middle East (Interview with Bassam Haddad).

OTHER ARTICLES (SELECTED)

The Passions of Credit and the Dangers of Debt, Theorizing the Contemporary: Finance, Bill Maurer, ed., Cultural Anthropology, online feature posted May 2012.

Julia Elyachar Interviews Timothy Mitchell, Public Culture, Vol. 24, no. 3, 2012.

Infrastructure: Commentary from Anand, Back, Elyachar, and Mains. Infrastructure: A Curated Collection, edited by Adonia Lugo and Jessica Lockrem, posted online November 2012.

Finance internationale, micro-crédit et religion de la société civile en ÉgypteCritique Internationale (Paris, November 2001): 139-152.

REVIEWS AND COMMENTS (Selected)

Retooling Anthropology,  Anthropology Today (Editorial). Coauthored with Bill Maurer, vol. 25, no. 1, February 2009:27.

Fiscal Policy in Crisis,  Anthropology News. Coauthored with Bill Maurer, vol. 29, issue 9, December 2008:24.

Review of A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria, by Daniel Jordan Smith. American Ethnologist, vol. 36, no. 1, Winter 2009: 191-192.

REVIEWS OF MY WORK (partial list):

  • Gerda Roelvink, “Review Article: Performing the Market,”Social Identities, Vol. 13, no. 1, January 2007, pp. 125-133.
  • Michael G. Freedman, “Building Societies: America’s Middle Eastern Projects,”Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review 8(2009): 229-240. Review article of four books, including Markets of Dispossession, discussed on pps. 237-239.
  • Paul Amar, “Book Review,”International Journal of Middle East Studies 40(2008), pp. 697-699. November 2008.
  • Forum about Markets of Dispossession, Politique Africaine, decembre 2007, no. 108
    • Knut Graw, “”Development through Social Engineering and Microfinancing: Expropriation or Empowerment? A Comment on Julia Elyachar’s Markets of Dispossession,” Politique Africaine, decembre 2007, no. 108. December 2007
    • AbdAllah Donald Cole, “”How Markets Dispossess: Julia Elyachar’s Ethnography of NGOs, Economic Development, and the State,” Politique Africaine, decembre 2007, no. 108.
    • Jane Guyer, “”Micro-Finance and the ‘Logic of Capitalism'”,” Politique Africaine, decembre 2007, no. 108. December 2007
    • Pierre Francois, “Remarques d’un Iroquois au Caire: Markets of Dispossession au miroir de la nouvelle sociologie economique,” Politique Africaine, decembre 2007, no. 108. December 2007
  • Alice Wilson, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Cambridge Anthropology 27:1, 2007, pp. 96-98, 2007.
  • Roy Dilley, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Social Anthropology (2007), Vol. 15, no. 3: 387-389, October 2007.
  • Marina Welker, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Comparative Studies of Society and History 2007:49(1):233-238. July 2007.
  • Joseph O’Mahoney, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 171-172. March 2007.
  • Gerda Roelvink, “”Review Article: Performing the Market”,” Social Identities, January 2007.
  • Mohamed Waked, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Anthropological Notebooks, Vol. XII, no. 1, pp.130-131, 2006.
  • Alia el-Mahdi, “Review of Markets of Dispossession,” The Middle East Journal, vol. LX, no. 4 (2006): 794-795.
  • Koray Caliskan, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Arab Studies Journal. October 2006.
  • Heidi Morrison, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Digest of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 15, no.2, Fall 2006, pp. 140-141.
  • Donald (Abdallah) Cole, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” American Ethnologist, Vol. 33, no. 3, August 2006, pp. 3013-3014.
  • Gokce Gunel, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” New Perspectives on Turkey, no. 35 (2006):135-142. June 2006.
  • Jeremy Raynor, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Arch.Europ.Sociologie, XLVII,3(2006):pp. 464-467. May 2006.
  • Mark Allen Peterson, “Book Review: Markets of Dispossession,” Anthropology Review Database, March 2007.
  • Ryan Anderson, “Keeping it Open (Fieldwork, Abstraction, and Unexpected Surprises)“. A blog post on “Savage Minds” about value in the work of Keith Hart, David Graeber, and Julia Elyachar. Posted May 26, 2012.
  • Ryan Anderson, “Finding Value: Theory, Abstraction, and Fieldwork.” A blog post on “Savage Minds” about value in the work of David Graeber, Julia Elyachar, and others. Posted September 15, 2012.
  • Ryan Anderson, “Value, Social Conflict, and Tourism.” A blog post on “Savage Minds” about value in the work of David Graeber, Julia Elyachar, and others. Posted December 23rd, 2011.
  • Mark Allen Peterson, “Power, Agency, and Resistance in Egypt (and Elsewhere).” In Blog, “Connected in Cairo,” July 27, 2014.