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Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt
Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt
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Samer S. Shehata - Author
SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East
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Hardcover - 275 pages
Release Date: October 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2849-9

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Release Date: July 2010
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2850-5

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Ethnographic study of textile factory workers in Alexandria, Egypt.

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.

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


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Notes on Translations and Transliterations

1. Introduction

Approaches to Social Class and Class Structure
Method: Choosing Cases and Factories and the Logic of Fieldwork and Participant Observation
Structure of the Book

2. Plastic Sandals, Tea, and Time: Shop Floor Culture and the Production of Class in Egypt

Workers’ Experiences at Work
Who Is a Worker?
Producing Difference
Time and Wages
The Structure of the Workday
Shop Floor Culture
Conclusion

3. The Labor Process

The Labor Process and Resistance
The Production Process in the Wool Preparations Department
The Labor Process on the Winding Machine
Resistance and the Labor Process at MIDIA
Resistance and the Labor Process at Misr Textiles
Resistance Strategies Compared: MIDIA and Misr Textiles
Machine Design, Technology, and Workers’ Practices
Fathy and “Output Restriction”
Conclusion

4. Indiscipline and Unruly Practices

Sabotage
Thorstein Veblen and Sabotage
Resistance: Michel Foucault and James Scott
Theft—or—Pilfering
Evasion and Escape: The Art of Getting Lost
Subversive Discourse and Narratives of Resistance
Conclusion

5. In the Basha’s House

The CEO as Leviathan
Presidential Visits
Engineers and Shift Supervisors
Musical Chairs
Shift Supervisors and Workers
The Ideology of Authoritarian Social Relations
Conclusion

6. Ethnography, Identity, and the Production of Knowledge: Or How I Know What I Know About Egyptian Workers and Factories

Egyptian-American
Researcher
Trust
Class
Gender
Religion
Regional Background
Conclusion: Practical Knowledge and Theoretical Insight

7. Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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