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By Annabelle Sreberny, Massoumeh Torfeh

The Islamic Republic of Iran has entered its fourth decade, and the values and legacy of the Revolution it was once based upon proceed to have profound and contradictory outcomes for Iranian lifestyles. regardless of the repressive energy of the present regime the mammoth creativity of renowned cultural practices, that negotiate and withstand a repressive approach, is a powerful and dynamic strength. This e-book attracts at the services and event of Iranian and overseas lecturers and activists to handle various parts of social and cultural innovation which are riding switch and growth. whereas spiritual conservatism continues to be the creed of the institution, this quantity uncovers an underground international of recent know-how, media and leisure that speaks to ladies looking a better public position and a stressed more youthful new release that organizes and engages with international traits on-line.

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Women were expected to show their commitment to Islam and to the Islamic Republic by accepting these highly gendered roles. Presumed to be main guardians of traditions, they were required to reinforce Islamic family ties, thereby maintaining social cohesion. In addition to traditional instruments of propaganda such as mosques and Friday prayers, the state’s ideology for women was perpetuated by school books and modern communication networks, especially by television and cinema. The plight of gender-sensitive women was also overshadowed by the predominant values of self-abnegation, devotion and sacrifice that were rooted in the Shi’a culture and internalised by the young volunteers (basijis), hundreds of thousands of whom served in the front.

The interviewees were selected from those with non-conformist appearance. It does not mean that all the non-conformist young residents of those areas will necessarily fit into one of the categories that I have made; rather it means that one type has been more remarkable in one area than another one. It is worth noting that due to the many Islamic agents who are in charge of controlling people’s appearance, many of the young cases of this study either refused to be interviewed or were reluctant to tell their stories.

They are fashionable and if they can afford to wear original brands, they try to do so. Living in the present is principal and these boys do not seem to care about the future or the past. They could fairly be categorised as non-reflective people whose main criterion for action is life enjoyment. They rarely think about religion and its 38 CULTURAL REVOLUTION IN IRAN restrictions and their participation in religious ceremonies is mostly for entertainment. They spend their free time getting together and watching music clips and films through satellite channels rather than reading books, newspapers or journals.

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