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Author El Shakry, Omnia S., 1970-

Title The great social laboratory : subjects of knowledge in colonial and postcolonial Egypt / Omnia El Shakry
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 328 pages)
Contents Introduction: Colonialism, nationalism, and knowledge production -- The anthropology of the modern Egyptians : from the fin-de-siècle to the Second World War -- The ethnographic moment -- Anthropology's indigenous interlocutors : race and Egyptian nationalism -- From ethnographic realism to social engineering : the problem of the peasantry, 1925-1945 -- The painting of rural life -- Rural reconstruction : the "road to a new sanitary life" -- The problem of population, 1925-1945 -- Barren land and fecund bodies : the emergence of population discourse in interwar Egypt -- Body politics : gender, reproduction, and modernity -- The revolutionary moment -- Etatism : theorizing Egypt's 1952 revolution
Summary This study charts the development of the human sciences - anthropology, human geography, and demography - in late 19th and 20th century Egypt. Tracing both intellectual and institutional genealogies of knowledge production, it examines social science through a broad range of texts and cultural artifacts, ranging from the ethnographic museum, to architectural designs, to that pinnacle of social scientific research - 'the article'. The book explores the interface between European and Egyptian social scientific discourses, and interrogates the boundaries of knowledge production in a colonial and post-colonial setting
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-318) and index
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Subject Social sciences -- Research -- Egypt.
Social sciences -- Study and teaching -- Egypt -- History -- 19th century.
Social sciences -- Study and teaching -- Egypt -- History -- 20th century.
Egypt -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Egypt -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804781923 (electronic bk.)
9780804781923 (electronic bk.)