A Social Revolution: Politics And The Welfare State In Iran by Kevan HarrisA Social Revolution: Politics And The Welfare State In Iran by Kevan Harris

A Social Revolution: Politics And The Welfare State In Iran

byKevan Harris

Paperback | August 8, 2017

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For decades, political observers and pundits have characterized the Islamic Republic of Iran as an ideologically rigid state on the verge of collapse, exclusively connected to a narrow social base. In A Social Revolution, Kevan Harris convincingly demonstrates how they are wrong. Previous studies ignore the forceful consequences of three decades of social change following the 1979 revolution. Today, more people in the country are connected to welfare and social policy institutions than to any other form of state organization. In fact, much of Iran’s current political turbulence is the result of the success of these social welfare programs, which have created newly educated and mobilized social classes advocating for change. Based on extensive fieldwork conducted in Iran, Harris shows how the revolutionary regime endured through the expansion of health, education, and aid programs that have both embedded the state in everyday life and empowered its challengers. This focus on the social policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran opens a new line of inquiry into the study of welfare states in countries where they are often overlooked or ignored.
Kevan Harris is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Title:A Social Revolution: Politics And The Welfare State In IranFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:August 8, 2017Publisher:University Of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520280822

ISBN - 13:9780520280823


Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration

1. Can an Oil State Be a Welfare State?
2. Seeing like a King: Welfare Policy as State-Building Strategy in the Pahlavi Monarchy
3. Creating a Martyrs’ Welfare State: 1979, War, and the Survival of the Islamic Republic
4. The Revolution Embedded: Rural Transformations and the Demographic Miracle
5. Development and Distinction: Welfare-State Expansion and the Politics of the New Middle Class
6. Lineages of the Iranian Welfare State
Conclusion: Development Contradictions through the Lens of Welfare Politics


Editorial Reviews

"A Social Revolution acts as a much-needed corrective to a lot of the academic and policy literature on contemporary Iran, which tends to view the country’s political and social geography in binary terms: namely, a top-heavy, ideological, and oppressive state versus a resistant, cosmopolitan society."