Bureaucracy and Society in Modern Egypt, by Morroe Berger
Social and political studies by Western authors on the Middle East are as a rule handicapped by emotional involvement and romanticism. Mr. Berger’s book, the first of a series of social studies by the Department of Oriental Studies at Princeton, marks a welcome antidote to these tendencies. It is the product of social science techniques applied to a Middle East area-study by a “general” sociologist (not a trained Orientalist) helped out by area-specialists, and aided by a staff of some thirty Egyptian social scientists in his field work.
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