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The Long Twentieth Century in Iran: Dynamics of Change, Continuity and Mobilizing Master Frames

Simin Fadaee
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Simin Fadaee: University of Manchester

Journal of Developing Societies, 2018, vol. 34, issue 2, 123-143

Abstract: This article explores master frames of social movement mobilization over the course of the long twentieth century in Iran. It illustrates that while participants were diverse, democratization remained the dominant master frame of the grand social movements of the twentieth century. In this article, I present historical analyses of four social movements in Iran which demonstrate that although Iran’s integration into the capitalist world system fostered profound economic and social transformation, its political system remained comparatively unaffected. This explains why demands for political reforms served as key mobilizing frames for social movements. This continuity reveals a profound crisis of the Iranian political system, because although nationwide social movements have experienced success the state–society relationship remains fraught with contention.

Keywords: Iran; social movements; democratization; civil society; authoritarianism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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