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Iran’s Struggles for Social Justice

Economics, Agency, Justice, Activism

Editors: Vahabzadeh, Peyman (Ed.)

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  • Fills a gap in the research concerning Iran's post-revolutionary struggle for social justice
  • Presents both secular and Islamic approaches to activism
  • Explores the ways in which the Internet and social media have contributed to Iranian activists' outreach
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About this book

This interdisciplinary volume offers a range of studies spanning the various historical, political, legal, and cultural features of social justice in Iran, and proposes that the present-day realities of life in Iran could not be farther from the promises of the Iranian Revolution. The ideals of social justice and participatory democracy that galvanized a resilient nation in 1979 have been abandoned as an avaricious ruling elite has privatized the economy, abandoned social programs and subsidy payments for the poor, and suppressed the struggles of women, workers, students, and minorities for equality. At its core, Iran’s Struggles for Social Justice seeks to educate and to develop a new discourse on social justice in Iran. 

About the authors

Peyman Vahabzadeh is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Victoria, Canada. His recent books include A Guerrilla Odyssey: Modernization, Secularism, Democracy and the Fadai Period of National Liberation in Iran, 1970-1979 (2010), Exilic Meditations: Essays on A Displaced Life (2013), and Parviz Sadri: A Political Biography (2015; in Persian).

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“A key element informing the Iranian revolution of 1979 was the ideal of ‘social justice.’ No more. This unique collection of studies examines the underlying dynamics behind the decline of this rather noble principle, and suggests ways to resurrect its spirit. Written by young and established scholars discussing structures, ideas, agency, and activism, this book is a valuable plea to redeem ‘social justice’ in these bleak neoliberal conditions.” (Asef Bayat, author of “Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn” (2007), and “Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East” (2010))

“This is a rich and thoughtful collection, deftly edited and wonderfully argued. …The authors use their social and political positioning to theorize the interconnections between ‘the rentier nature of the country’ and topics such as workers collective action, the mobilizing capabilities of religion, co-operative economics, and economic liberalization. The collection is a coherent, thought-provoking, and committed work of scholarship and politics.” (Parin Dossa, author of “Afghanistan Remembers: Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices” (2014))

“Is a richly diverse collection of essays that provides a broad and deep understanding of the economic, cultural, political, and social struggles that were transmuted and defeated in the making of the contemporary Iranian state … . The need and the potential for a new democratic Iranian left, grounded in popular movements, shine brightly in these well-researched, reflective essays.” (William K. Carroll, author of “Expose, Oppose, Propose: Alternative Policy Groups and the Struggle for Global Justice” (2016)) 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Introduction: How to Approach This Book

    Pages 1-7

    Vahabzadeh, Peyman

  • Historical and Conceptual Preparations for a Multidisciplinary Study of Social Justice in Iran

    Pages 9-27

    Vahabzadeh, Peyman

  • Gazing Upon the Land of Oil Through the Prism of Structure, Elite Action, and Civil Society

    Pages 29-46

    Amidian, Hajar

  • The Unmaking of the Iranian Working Class since the 1990s

    Pages 47-63

    Maljoo, Mohammad

  • Charity or Mass Mobilization? Public Religion and the Struggle for Economic Justice

    Pages 65-80

    Saffari, Siavash

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44227-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44226-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-83016-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Iran’s Struggles for Social Justice
Book Subtitle
Economics, Agency, Justice, Activism
Editors
  • Peyman Vahabzadeh
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44227-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44227-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44226-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83016-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 323
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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