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Gharbzadegi in Iran: A Reactionary Alternative to ‘Development’?

Aram Ziai ()
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Aram Ziai: University of Kassel

Development, 2019, vol. 62, issue 1, 160-166

Abstract: Abstract Post-development theory usually engages with examples from Latin America and India and investigates alternative concepts and practices by progressive social movements. This article addresses a post-development concept which originates in Iran, Gharbzadegi or occidentosis, which after the Islamic revolution in 1979 was promoted by the anti-Western Iranian government. It argues that the instrumentalization by right-wing governments should not distract from the emancipatory potential of post-development concepts.

Keywords: Post-development; Iran; Development theory; Westernization; Modernization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1057/s41301-019-00221-4

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