Rule of Experts Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity
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Description: 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 Expertsexamines 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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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/18/2002
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Note on Transliteration|
|Economies of Truth|
|Can the Mosquito Speak?|
|Principles True in Every Country|
|The Character of Calculability|
|The Invention and Reinvention of the Peasant|
|Nobody Listens to a Poor Man|
|Heritage and Violence|
|Fixing the Economy|
|The Object of Development|
|The Market's Place|