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Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace
     

Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace

by Arang Keshavarzian
 

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ISBN-10: 0521103304

ISBN-13: 9780521103305

Pub. Date: 03/19/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Tehran bazaar has always been central to the Iranian economy and, indeed, to the Iranian urban experience. Arang Keshavarzian's fascinating book compares the economics and politics of the marketplace under the Pahlavis, who sought to undermine it in the drive for modernization, and under the subsequent revolutionary regime, which came to power with a mandate to

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The Tehran bazaar has always been central to the Iranian economy and, indeed, to the Iranian urban experience. Arang Keshavarzian's fascinating book compares the economics and politics of the marketplace under the Pahlavis, who sought to undermine it in the drive for modernization, and under the subsequent revolutionary regime, which came to power with a mandate to preserve the bazaar as an 'Islamic' institution. The outcomes of their respective policies were completely at odds with their intentions. Despite the Shah's hostile approach, the bazaar flourished under his rule, and maintained its organizational autonomy to such an extent that it played an integral role in the Islamic revolution. Conversely, the Islamic Republic implemented policies that unwittingly transformed the ways in which the Arang Keshavarzian's book affords unusual insights into the politics, economics and society of Iran across four decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521103305
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series , #26
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of maps     viii
List of figures     ix
Acknowledgments     x
Note on transliteration     xiii
The puzzle of the Tehran Bazaar under the Pahlavi monarchy and the Islamic Republic     1
Methods of Data Collection and Evaluation     30
Conceptualizing the bazaar     39
Bazaar transformations: networks, reputations and solidarities     74
Networks in the context of transformative agendas     127
Carpets, tea, and teacups: commodity types and sectoral trajectories     187
Networks of mobilization under two regimes     228
Conclusions     270
Selected bibliography     283
Index     298

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