Street Politics: Poor People's Movements in Iran / Edition 1

Street Politics: Poor People's Movements in Iran / Edition 1

by Asef Bayat, Assef Bayat
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231108591

ISBN-13: 9780231108591

Pub. Date: 11/18/1997

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, an active political movement emerged on the streets of Iran's largest cities. Poor people began to construct their own communities on unused urban lands, creating an infrastructure––roads, electricity, running water, garbage collection, and shelters––all their own. As the Iranian government

Overview

In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, an active political movement emerged on the streets of Iran's largest cities. Poor people began to construct their own communities on unused urban lands, creating an infrastructure––roads, electricity, running water, garbage collection, and shelters––all their own. As the Iranian government attempted to evict these illegal settlers, they resisted––fiercely and ultimately successfully. This is the story of their economic and political strategies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231108591
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/18/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PREFACE XI(6)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XVII(2)
CHRONOLOGY OF PRE- AND POSTREVOLUTION EVENTS XIX
PHOTO INSERT FOLLOWS PAGE 86
ONE The Quiet Encroachment of the Ordinary
1(22)
A Few Minor Events?
1(6)
The Quiet Encroachment of the Ordinary
7(3)
The Aims
10(3)
Becoming Political
13(2)
Street Politics
15(4)
The Making of the Quiet Encroachment
19(4)
TWO Mapping Out the "New Poor"
23(12)
The New Poor
23(2)
In Slums and Squatter Settlements
25(10)
THREE The Disfranchised and the Islamic Revolution: "Our Revolution and Theirs"
35(24)
The Revolution
35(3)
The Poor and the Revolution
38(6)
The Parallel Struggles
44(4)
The Poor, the State, and the Revolution
48(3)
Mobilization in the Popular Neighborhoods
51(1)
Islamic Consumer Cooperatives
52(1)
The Neighborhood Councils (Shuraha-ye Mahallat)
53(6)
FOUR The Housing Rebels: The Occupation of Homes and Hotels, 1979-1981
59(16)
Taking over Homes and Hotels
60(5)
Life in the Occupied Dwellings
65(2)
Being Evicted
67(8)
FIVE Back-Street Politics: Squatters and the State
75(34)
Usual Business
76(5)
Why So Much Expansion?
81(2)
Shaping the Communities
83(6)
Associational Life
89(6)
Working Within the System
95(3)
Squatters and the State
98(11)
SIX Workless Revolutionaries: The Movement of the Unemployed
109(24)
The Onset
111(1)
Campaigns in Tehran
112(3)
The Escalation of Collective Actions
115(4)
The Variety of Street Protests
119(2)
Getting Organized
121(5)
The Demise
126(7)
SEVEN Street Rebels: The Politics of Street Vending
133(24)
Spreading Out in the Streets
135(2)
Political Vending
137(1)
Ordinary Vendors
138(3)
Why So Much Growth?
141(2)
Consequences and Contradictions
143(3)
Confrontations
146(3)
Resisting the Eviction Policy
149(4)
Incorporation, Diffusion, and Back to the Streets?
153(4)
EIGHT Grassroots and State Power: The Promise and Perils of Quiet Encroachment
157(10)
Significance
157(4)
Shortcomings and Costs
161(6)
NOTES 167(34)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 201(16)
GLOSSARY 217(4)
INDEX 221

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