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Author Barak, On.

Title On time : technology and temporality in modern Egypt / On Barak
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 341 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: another time? -- En route -- Double standards -- Effendi hauntologies -- Harmonization and its discords -- The urban politics of slowness -- Counterclockwise revolution -- On hold -- Conclusion: countertemporality
Summary In this pioneering history of transportation and communication in the modern Middle East, On Barak argues that contrary to accepted wisdom technological modernity in Egypt did not drive a sense of time focused on standardization only. Surprisingly, the introduction of the steamer, railway, telegraph, tramway, and telephone in colonial Egypt actually triggered the development of unique timekeeping practices that resignified and subverted the typical modernist infatuation with expediency and promptness. These countertempos, predicated on uneasiness over ""dehumanizing"" European standards of eff
Notes Revision of the author's thesis--New York University, 2009
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Technology -- Social aspects -- Egypt
Time perception -- Social aspects -- Egypt
Time -- Social aspects -- Egypt
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- Egypt.
Social conditions
Technology -- Social aspects.
Time perception -- Social aspects.
Time -- Social aspects.
Egypt -- History -- British occupation, 1882-1936.
Egypt -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Egypt -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013010761
ISBN 0520276132
Other Titles Technology and temporality in modern Egypt