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Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity 0th Edition
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The essays cover a wide range of 20th-century topics from malaria to mapmaking, from the manipulated image of the peasant to techno-political nonsense in current development praxis. I have long believed that developmental applications of modern economic theory are very much a "faith-based" process, and Mitchell has put these thoughts in engaging prose. In addition, I was particularly impressed by the chapter on violence, which helped me frame my own thinking on violence, for example, in Syria, Algeria, or Tunisia, places where not so hidden violence functions as an instrument of power and social control. Mitchell writes eloquently on issues that have troubled most of those who work or live or travel in the developing world and who have not found the right language to express their reservations about the descriptive and prescriptive power of current scholarship and techno-political expertise.
First, Mitchell spends a great deal of time tracing the history of the transformation of the term "economy" to "the economy." While this may not seem to be directly related to a discourse on poverty, Mitchell explains for the reader how economy, until the twentieth century, referred to a husbanding of resources or a"'proper governing' of the community's affairs" (pp. 81-82), even when used in relation to a nation-state. It was only through colonialism that the transformation from "economy" to "the economy" was made, and it is the colonized nation of Egypt that Mitchell examines.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the author's admirable effort is marred by a simply bad Kindle edition. Footnotes are not linked, making it very difficult to hop to the back to look up a source. You cannot change the font from what I found to be a very unpleasant one. And chapters are not marked; as far as the Kindle is concerned the whole book is one big chapter. On the plus side, at least the illustrations have been converted legibly.
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I received Rule of Experts in adequate time and great condition. Nothing out of the ordinary , just regular wear and tear. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Ironpen