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

Cyrus Schayegh

Abstract

This book 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 ... More

Keywords: middle class, cultural capital, economic capital, biomedical sciences, everyday stress, defective willpower, demographic stagnation, class formation, social reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520254473
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254473.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cyrus Schayegh, author