Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity

Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity

by Manata Hashemi
Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity

Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity

by Manata Hashemi

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Overview

An inside look at young Iranians navigating poverty and stigma in a time of crisis

Crippling sanctions, inflation, and unemployment have increasingly burdened young people in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In Coming of Age in Iran, Manata Hashemi takes us inside the lives of poor Iranian youth, showing how these young men and women face their future prospects.

Drawing on first-hand accounts, Hashemi follows their stories, one by one, as they struggle to climb up the proverbial ladder of success. Based on years of ethnographic research among these youth in their homes, workspaces, and places of leisure, Hashemi shows how public judgments can give rise to meaningful changes for some while making it harder for others to escape poverty. Ultimately, Hashemi sheds light on the pressures these young men and women face, showing how many choose to comply with—rather than resist—social norms in their pursuit of status and belonging.

Coming of Age in Iran tells the unprecedented story of how Iran’s young and struggling attempt to extend dignity and alleviate misery, illuminating the promises—and limits—of finding one’s place during a time of profound uncertainty.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479881949
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Series: Critical Perspectives on Youth , #6
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 823,444
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Manata Hashemi is the Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Oklahoma and the co-editor of Children in Crisis: Ethnographic Studies in International Contexts.

Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration xi

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

1 Saving Face 35

2 All in a Day's Work 58

3 Dress for Success 93

4 Be Good, Do Good 120

5 Moral Conformism and Its Contents 148

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 171

Bibliography 197

Index 213

About the Author 223

Plates follow page 92

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