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

Manata Hashemi


The subject of intense media scrutiny, young men and women in the Islamic Republic of Iran have long been characterized as walking rebels—a frustrated, alienated generation devoid of hope and prone to oppositional practices. Coming of Age in Iran challenges these homogenizing depictions through vivid ethnographic portraits of a group of resilient lower-class youth in Iran: the face-savers. Through participant observation and interviews, the book reveals how conformism to moral norms becomes these young people’s ticket to social mobility. By developing a public face admired by those with the po ... More

Keywords: face, morality, moral capital, conformism, dignity, incremental mobility, socioeconomic mobility, poverty, youth culture, Iran

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479876334
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manata Hashemi, author
University of Oklahoma