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The Great Social Laboratory: Subjects of Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Egypt, El Shakry, Omnia
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Author Name:    El Shakry, Omnia

Title:   The Great Social Laboratory: Subjects of Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Egypt

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Stanford University Press 

ISBN Number:   0804755671 / 9780804755672

Seller ID:   ING9780804755672

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"The Great Social Laboratory" charts the development of the human sciences--anthropology, human geography, and demography--in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt. Tracing both intellectual and institutional genealogies of knowledge production, this book 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 author explores the interface between European and Egyptian social scientific discourses and interrogates the boundaries of knowledge production in a colonial and post-colonial setting. She examines the complex imperatives of race, class, and gender in the Egyptian colonial context, uncovering the new modes of governance, expertise, and social knowledge that defined a distinctive era of nationalist politics in the inter- and post-war periods. Finally, she examines the discursive field mapped out by colonial and nationalist discourses on the racial identity of the modern Egyptians.

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