|Title: ||We are not all Terrorists: UK Based Iranians, Consumption Practices and the ‘Torn’ Self.|
|Citation: ||Consumption Markets & Culture, 11(2): 73-91|
|Publisher: ||Informaworld - Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)|
|Journal: ||Consumption Markets & Culture|
|Issue Date: ||2008 |
|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.|
|Keywords: ||State ideology|
|Appears in Collections: ||Management Research Centre |
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