Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950
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Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950

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ISBN-13:
9780520254473
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.03.2009
Seiten:
340
Autor:
Cyrus Schayegh
Gewicht:
635 g
Format:
229x155x30 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Science and the Formation of the Modern Iranian Middle Class, 1900-1950 1. The Historical Background 2. The Cultural and Discursive Dimensions 3. The Economic Dimensions Part II. Medicalizing Modernity: Interactions between the Biomedical Sciences and Modernity in Iran, 1900-1950 4. The Dangers of Modernity: Neurology, Psychiatry, and the Effects of Modern Technology and a Modern Economy 5. Biopower: Hygiene, Eugenics, Genetics, and Iran's Double Demographic Problem 6. The Self-Reliant Personality: Psychology, Pedagogy, and the Problem of Willpower Conclusion Appendix. First-Time Advertisements by Physicians in the Tehran Daily Ettelaaynat, 1927-1939 Notes Select Bibliography Index
In Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong, Cyrus Schayegh tells two intertwined stories: how, in early twentieth-century Iran, an emerging middle class used modern scientific knowledge as its cultural and economic capital, and how, along with the state, it employed biomedical sciences to tackle presumably modern problems like the increasing stress of everyday life, people's defective willpower, and demographic stagnation. The book examines the ways by which scientific knowledge allowed the Iranian modernists to socially differentiate themselves from society at large and, at the very same time, to intervene in it. In so doing, it argues that both class formation and social reform emerged at the interstices of local Iranian and Western-dominated global contexts and concerns.