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Being Young and MuslimNew Cultural Politics in the Global South and North$
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Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369212.001.0001

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Negotiating with Modernity: Young Women and Sexuality in Iran

Negotiating with Modernity: Young Women and Sexuality in Iran

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Being Young and Muslim

Fatemeh Sadeghi

Oxford University Press

Iranian society has changed considerably since the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iranian youth practice new lifestyles and constitute a distinct generation. This chapter looks at ways to interpret the changes that have occurred among the younger generation, especially young women. This generation does not seem as Islamic as the ideological government had expected it to be. Based on research done in 2005 to 2006 through in-depth interviews with young, urban Iranian women about their private and public lives, this chapter examines whether female youth are becoming less overtly traditional as they claim their own subjectivity. Many Iranian female youth are shaping their identity through negating or accepting conventional and legal sexual discourses mixed with some modern representations. Their presence in the public space has been accepted at the expense of reinforcing certain traditional power relationships.

Keywords:   Islamic Republic of Iran, postrevolutionary Iran, young women, generation, youth lifestyles, gender, sexual discourses, public space

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