Narrative and Violence: Ways of Suffering amongst Iranian Men in Diaspora

Narrative and Violence: Ways of Suffering amongst Iranian Men in Diaspora

by Mammad Aidani


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Narrative and Violence: Ways of Suffering amongst Iranian Men in Diaspora by Mammad Aidani

Narrative and Violence explores philosophical and anthropological ideas surrounding the nature of social suffering, its relationship to social, historical and political contexts and the manner in which diasporic communities narrate their suffering. Against the setting of the adverse relationship between Iran and the West, it examines the ways in which suffering shapes identity and belonging in the Diaspora for Iranians living in the West. Based on rich empirical information drawn from the UK and Australia, this book investigates ways in which the lives of Iranians living in the Diaspora are affected by the understanding of Iran in terms of abjection, as that which is beyond or outside of The West. Exploring the emotions and feelings of pain and suffering, as they are rooted in and shape various categories of experience, propounds a view of suffering which is thoroughly grounded in culture, history and politics. Presenting a new theoretical and cultural understanding of experiences of suffering, violence, war and displacement, this book contributes to critical debates within sociology, geography, anthropology history and cultural and critical theory.

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ISBN-13: 9781409401131
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Edition description: 1
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mammad Aidani is an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in phenomenological hermeneutics philosophy, cultural theory and narrative psychology based in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Social suffering, identity and dislocation; Labelling Iranians both inside the country and in diaspora; Social dimensions of suffering: an interpretation of the 1979 revolution; The body always remembers - reflections of pain: the Iran-Iraq war; Conclusion; References; Index.

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