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Rule of Experts : Egypt, Techno - Politics, Modernity (02 Edition)

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Can one explain the power of global capitalism without attributing to capital a logic and coherence it does not have? Can one account for the powers of techno-science in terms that do not merely reproduce its own understanding of the world?

Rule of Experts examines these questions through a series of interrelated essays focused on Egypt in the twentieth century. These explore the way malaria, sugar cane, war, and nationalism interacted to produce the techno-politics of the modern Egyptian state; the forms of debt, discipline, and violence that founded the institution of private property; the methods of measurement, circulation, and exchange that produced the novel idea of a national "economy," yet made its accurate representation impossible; the stereotypes and plagiarisms that created the scholarly image of the Egyptian peasant; and the interaction of social logics, horticultural imperatives, powers of desire, and political forces that turned programs of economic reform in unanticipated directions.

Mitchell is a widely known political theorist and one of the most innovative writers on the Middle East. He provides a rich examination of the forms of reason, power, and expertise that characterize contemporary politics. Together, these intellectually provocative essays will challenge a broad spectrum of readers to think harder, more critically, and more politically about history, power, and theory.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 381-401) and index.

Synopsis:

Drawing upon two decades of fieldwork in Egypt, a political scientist and ethnographer offers a sweeping critique of social science theory, arguing that we need to move beyond postmoderism to examine the fundemental constructs of the social sciences: the nation, the economy, and violence.

About the Author

Timothy Mitchell, Professor, Department of Middle East and Asian Studies, Columbia University, is the author of Colonising Egypt (California, 1991, with a new preface), and editor of Questions of Modernity (2000).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Note on Transliteration

Introduction

I. Economies of Truth

1. Can the Mosquito Speak?

2. Principles True in Every Country

3. The Character of Calculability

II. Peasant Studies

4. The Invention and Reinvention of the Peasant

5. Nobody Listens to a Poor Man

6. Heritage and Violence

III. Fixing the Economy

7. The Object of Development

8. The Markets Place

9. Dreamland

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520232624
Author:
Mitchell, Timothy
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Peasantry
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Egypt Politics and government.
Subject:
Egypt Economic policy.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Middle East
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
GM-50
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w photograph, 5 line illustrations
Pages:
429
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 20 oz

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