We are not all Terrorists: UK Based Iranians, Consumption Practices and the ‘Torn’ Self.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/42083
Title:
We are not all Terrorists: UK Based Iranians, Consumption Practices and the ‘Torn’ Self.
Authors:
Jafari, Aliakbar; Goulding, Christina
Abstract:
This paper presents an exploratory study of the consumption practices of UK-based young Iranians. Based on a series of in-depth interviews and participatory observation we provide an insight into the identity-constituting meanings associated with consumption practices. We illustrate how individuals use consumption discourses to tackle a series of ideological tensions in their sociocultural settings, both in Iran and in the UK. We describe how in a theocratic state individuals use commodified cultural symbolic mediators to construct and reaffirm a sense of self and identity and also to covertly resist the dominant order. We discuss consumer's paradoxes and dilemmas when confronted with a complex set of clashes between restricting political/institutional dynamics and the emancipatory forces of Western consumption. We conclude by discussing how these contradictions and strategies lead to a form of “torn” self.
Citation:
Consumption Markets & Culture, 11(2): 73-91
Publisher:
Informaworld - Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Journal:
Consumption Markets & Culture
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/42083
DOI:
10.1080/10253860802033605
Additional Links:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/10253860802033605
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
10253866; 1477223X
Appears in Collections:
Management Research Centre

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorJafari, Aliakbar-
dc.contributor.authorGoulding, Christina-
dc.date.accessioned2008-12-09T12:01:14Z-
dc.date.available2008-12-09T12:01:14Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationConsumption Markets & Culture, 11(2): 73-91en
dc.identifier.issn10253866-
dc.identifier.issn1477223X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10253860802033605-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/42083-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents an exploratory study of the consumption practices of UK-based young Iranians. Based on a series of in-depth interviews and participatory observation we provide an insight into the identity-constituting meanings associated with consumption practices. We illustrate how individuals use consumption discourses to tackle a series of ideological tensions in their sociocultural settings, both in Iran and in the UK. We describe how in a theocratic state individuals use commodified cultural symbolic mediators to construct and reaffirm a sense of self and identity and also to covertly resist the dominant order. We discuss consumer's paradoxes and dilemmas when confronted with a complex set of clashes between restricting political/institutional dynamics and the emancipatory forces of Western consumption. We conclude by discussing how these contradictions and strategies lead to a form of “torn” self.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInformaworld - Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/10253860802033605en
dc.subjectState ideologyen
dc.subjectConsumption practicesen
dc.subjectConsumersen
dc.subjectResistanceen
dc.subjectSubculturesen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectTorn selfen
dc.subjectIranen
dc.subjectUKen
dc.titleWe are not all Terrorists: UK Based Iranians, Consumption Practices and the ‘Torn’ Self.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalConsumption Markets & Cultureen
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