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Social Change in Iran: An Eyewitness Account of Dissent, Defiance, and New Movements for Rights
Social Change in Iran is an inquiry into the recent changes in Iran, blending scholarly analysis, eyewitness accounts, and the author's personal experiences. It tells the stories of everyday people, be it young men and women challenging the cultural and social mandates of the Islamic Republic, or workers toiling at multiple jobs to overcome harsh economic realities. This p ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published January 24th 2002 by State University of New York Press
(first published 2002)
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Disappointing, I guess the author was largely entertained by his own poetic tone. An example, talking about the pre-Reformist era: 'Happiness was a worldly sin; laughter was a crime...The Islamic republic opposed and banned music, arts, and all cultural symbols of modern life' p.48. Come on! What kind of picture is this? How about all those movies, plays and traditional music? The comedy series aired by the national TV? The book is packed with this sort of faulty and exaggerated pictures.