Recasting Iranian modernity: international relations and social change

Matin, Kamran (2013) Recasting Iranian modernity: international relations and social change. Iranian studies . Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415612357

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Abstract

Critically deploying the idea of uneven and combined development this book provides a novel non-Eurocentric account of Iran’s experience of modernity and revolution. Recasting Iranian Modernity presents the argument that Eurocentrism can be decisively overcome through a social theory that has international relations at its ontological core. This will enable a conception of history in which there is an immutable international dimension to social change that prevents historical repetition.

This hitherto under-theorized international dimension is, the book argues, particularly manifest in combined patterns of development, which incorporate both foreign and native forms. These hybrid developmental patterns, which are inherently tension-prone, and intellectually evasive of unilinear theories of history, mark Iranian modernity, and fuelled the socio-political dynamics of the 1979 revolution and the rise of political Islam.

Challenging solely comparative approaches to the Iranian Revolution that explain it away as either a deviation from, or a reaction to, modernity on the grounds of its religious form, this book will be valuable to those interested in an alternative theoretical approach to modern Iran, the Iranian Revolution, and political Islam, working in the fields of International Relations, Middle East and Islamic Studies, History, Political Science, Political Sociology, Postcolonialism, and Comparative Politics.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > JA0071 Theory. Relation to other subjects
J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > JA0081 History
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy
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Depositing User: Kamran Matin
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 10:07
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 11:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44699

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