This ground-breaking ethnography of an export-orientated factory in Egypt examines the dynamic relationships between the emergent
Mubarak-bizniz (business) elites - who are caught in an intensely competitive globalized supply chain - and the local realities
of the daily lives of their young, educated, and mixed-gender labor force. Power and resistance, as well as individual identity
and aspirations, are explored through the articulations of class, gender and religion in shop floor practices and management
discourses. Moving beyond the confines of the factory, Leila Zaki Chakravarti's study evokes the wider world, and how the
factory fits into it.