Young and Defiant in Tehran

Young and Defiant in Tehran With than half its population under twenty years old Iran is one of the world s most youthful nations The Iranian state characterizes its youth population in two ways as a homogeneous mass an army o

  • Title: Young and Defiant in Tehran
  • Author: Shahram Khosravi
  • ISBN: 9780812240399
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With than half its population under twenty years old, Iran is one of the world s most youthful nations The Iranian state characterizes its youth population in two ways as a homogeneous mass, an army of twenty millions devoted to the Revolution, and as alienated, inauthentic, Westernized consumers who constitute a threat to the society Much of the focus of the IslWith than half its population under twenty years old, Iran is one of the world s most youthful nations The Iranian state characterizes its youth population in two ways as a homogeneous mass, an army of twenty millions devoted to the Revolution, and as alienated, inauthentic, Westernized consumers who constitute a threat to the society Much of the focus of the Islamic regime has been on ways to protect Iranian young people from moral hazards and to prevent them from providing a gateway for cultural invasion from the West Iranian authorities express their anxieties through campaigns that target the young generation and its lifestyle and have led to the criminalization of many of the behaviors that make up youth culture.In this ethnography of contemporary youth culture in Iran s capital, Shahram Khosravi examines how young Tehranis struggle for identity in the battle over the right to self expression Khosravi looks closely at the strictures confronting Iranian youth and the ways transnational cultural influences penetrate and flourish Focusing on gathering places such as shopping centers and coffee shops, Khosravi examines the practices of everyday life through which young Tehranis demonstrate defiance against the official culture and parental dominance In addition to being sites of opposition, Khosravi argues, these alternative spaces serve as creative centers for expression and, above all, imagination His analysis reveals the transformative power these spaces have and how they enable young Iranians to develop their own culture as well as individual and generational identities The text is enriched by examples from literature and cinema and by livid reports from the author s fieldwork.

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    1. An appealing introduction, promising to discuss the power relations between the Iranian youths and the state, the hegemonic prescribed identity constructed by the Islamic Republic and the youths strategies to challenge this model. But then, going through the chapters I got increasingly disappointed. Khosravi starts the book by narrating his own story about his arrestment by Basijis in 1984. I admit that this personalization is an interesting and sympathetic way to establish a contribution; thoug [...]

    2. Had to read this ethnography for school but I still found it to be very enjoyable and insightful in giving perspective on the youth culture in Iran.

    3. I really enjoyed the detailed ethnography, when i finished the book i really sad i wanted to read more. I felt like he left me hanging but i was relieved to know that the book was part of a larger study. The novel really opened up my eyes to the daily life and struggle in Tehran.

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