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 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)
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