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Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East )

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Afin de comprendre comment se construit l'identité ouvrière en Egypte, l'ethnologue Samer Shehata a travaillé comme ouvrier dans des usines textiles du delta du Nil. ...Son engagement dans l'usine est remarquable ...Elle lui permet de découvrir les nombreuses techniques utilisées par les ouvriers pour s'opposer aux règles de la direction: par exemple, mouiller la laine pour l'alourdir et remplir les objectifs plus tôt - « activité politique » qui traduit « la lutte des classes sur le lieu de production ». Le Monde diplomatique

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In Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt, Samer S. Shehata provides us with a unique and detailed ethnographic portrait of life within two large textile factories in Alexandria, Egypt. Working for nearly a year as a "winding machine operator" provided Shehata with unprecedented access to workers at the point of production and the activities of the work hall. He argues that the social organization of production in the factories--including company rules and procedures, hierarchy, and relations of authority--and shop floor culture profoundly shape what it means to be a "worker" and how this identity is understood. Shehata reveals how economic relations inside the factory are simultaneously relations of significance and meaning, and how the production of wool and cotton textiles is, at the same time, the production of categories of identity, patterns of human interaction, and understandings of the self and others.

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Samer S. Shehata is an Associate Professor of Middle East studies and Middle East Studies Program Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt and studied in the UK and the US. In order to complete his first book ("Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt"), Shehata worked as a "winding machine operator" for over ten months in two Egyptian textile factories. He has written numerous academic and policy articles on a range of subjects including domestic Egyptian politics, the Muslim Brotherhood, and US foreign policy toward the Middle East. He received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Politics from Princeton University.

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