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

Omnia El Shakry


This book 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, 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 ... More

Keywords: human sciences, anthropology, human geography, demography, Egypt, knowledge production, social science, cultural artifacts, ethnographic museum, race

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780804755672
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804755672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Omnia El Shakry, author

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I The Anthropology of the Modern Egyptians: From the Fin-de-Siècle to the Second World War

II From Ethnographic Realism to Social Engineering: The Problem of the Peasantry, 1925–1945

III The Problem of Population, 1925–1945

IV The Revolutionary Moment