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Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East ) Hardcover – October 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1438428499 ISBN-10: 1438428499

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 259 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438428499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438428499
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,661,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

Samer S. Shehata is Assistant Professor of Arab Politics at Georgetown University.

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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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