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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > Business School > Management Research Centre  > We are not all Terrorists: UK Based Iranians, Consumption Practices and the ‘Torn’ Self.

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Title: We are not all Terrorists: UK Based Iranians, Consumption Practices and the ‘Torn’ Self.
Authors: Jafari, Aliakbar
Goulding, Christina
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
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.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: State ideology
Consumption practices
Consumers
Resistance
Subcultures
Identity
Torn self
Iran
UK
ISSN: 10253866
1477223X
Appears in Collections: Management Research Centre

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