Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran by Saeid GolkarCaptive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran by Saeid Golkar

Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran

bySaeid Golkar

Hardcover | June 16, 2015

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Iran's Organization for the Mobilization of the Oppressed (Sazeman-e Basij-e Mostazafan), commonly known as the Basij, is a paramilitary organization used by the regime to suppress dissidents, vote as a bloc, and indoctrinate Iranian citizens. Captive Society surveys the Basij's history, structure, and sociology, as well as its influence on Iranian society, its economy, and its educational system. Saied Golkar's account draws not only on published materials-including Basij and Revolutionary Guard publications, allied websites, and blogs-but also on his own informal communications with Basij members while studying and teaching in Iranian universities as recently as 2014. In addition, he incorporates findings from surveys and interviews he conducted while in Iran.

Saeid Golkar is a lecturer in Middle East and North African studies at Northwestern University and a visiting fellow for Iran policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 2013 to 2014.
Title:Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in IranFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231704429

ISBN - 13:9780231704427

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and TablePrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I. The Civil Militia and State Control1. The Basij: Nongovernmental Organization, Administered Mass Organization, or Militia?Part II. The Basij and the Shaping of an Insiders' Network2. The History and Transformation of the Basij, 1980-20133. Penetration into Society: The Organizational Structure of the Basij4. Mass Membership and Recruitment Training5. The Mass Indoctrination of Basij MembersPart III. The Basij and the Suppression of Others6. The Basij and Propaganda7. The Basij and Moral Control8. The Basij and Surveillance9. The Basij and Political RepressionPart IV. The Basij and the Controlling of Societal Sectors10. The Basij and the Controlling of Families11. The Basij and the Controlling of Schools12. The Basij and the Controlling of Universities13. The Basij and the Controlling of the EconomyPart V. The Sociology of the Basij-Motivations and Loyalty14. Basij Members-Islamic Warriors or Religious Thugs?Conclusion: The Emergence of a Captive SocietyAppendix: Excerpts from Official Basij DocumentsNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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