Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
On TimeTechnology and Temporality in Modern Egypt$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

On Barak

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276130

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276130.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 26 June 2022

Double Standards

Double Standards

Chapter:
(p.53) Two Double Standards
Source:
On Time
Author(s):

On Barak

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276130.003.0002

Chapter 2 (“Double Standards”) recounts how the racial presuppositions of British railway engineers about “indolent time-mindless Orientals” percolated into scheduling and management schemes between 1850 and 1870. The result was a double standard of punctuality: a lax colonial punctuality and a stricter metropolitan one. Egyptian passengers protested against this double standard, but gradually many of them came to adopt it themselves and even to celebrate it. This process entailed developing a pointed critique of the alienating effect of European efficiency contrasted with Egyptian or Islamic time.

Keywords:   time/space comparison, light mileage, Egyptian State Railways, accident, automaton, ‘Alī Mubārak, timetables

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.