Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950 / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[This book] constitutes a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly work on modern Iran."--American Historical Review

"Schayegh clearly has broken new ground."--Journal of World History

American Historical Review - Fakhreddin Azimi
“[This book] constitutes a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly work on modern Iran.”
Journal Of World History - Afshin Matin-Asgari
“Schayegh clearly has broken new ground.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520254473
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,285,434
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyrus Schayegh is Assistant Professor at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

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

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