With new material and up-to-date information, this book examines the current state of Iran, exploring a wide range of areas including the economy, finance, politics, the media, and the position of women and migration.
Iran Encountering Globalization discusses the uneasy balance between the theocratic conservatism, modernization and globalization. This is a key tension in Iran - one which has arisen following the revolution of 1979, since the regime has worked to Islamicize the country, while at the same time international globalization forces have been pulling in a different direction. Concluding that forces for change in Iran are currently building up, this is an extremely topical book that makes an important contribution to current debates surrounding democracy in Iran.
Ali Mohammadi was formerly Reader in International Communication and Cultural Studies at the Nottingham Trent University. His recent publications are Globalization and Recolonization: The Muslim World in the 21st Century, with Muhammed Ahsan (Taha, 2002), Iran and Eurasia, co-edited with A. Ehteshami (Ithaca Press, 2000), International Communication and Globalization: A Critical Introduction (Sage, 1997) and 'Electronic Empires: An Islamic Perspective', in Electronic Empires (Arnold, 1998).
Part 1: Iran and the Globalized World 1. Iran and the Problem of Political Development 2. Iran and Modern Media in the Age of Globalization 3. Iranian Women between Islamization and Globalization Part 2: Globalization: An Economic and Financial Approach 4. Economic Globalization Prospects for Democracy in Iran 5. Iran and the Global Finance Markets 6. Iranian Economy and the Globalization Process Part 3: The Global Challenge for Development 7. Modernization and Every Day Life: Urban and Rural Change in Iran 8. Iran's Economic Development and Structural Change in Human Resources 9. The Feminism of the Labour Force in Iran Part 4: The Limits of Theocracy 10. How Iranians View their Return Migration to Iran 11. Theocracy Versus Democracy: Iran Considers Political Parties 12. The Sixth Majles Election and the Prospects for Democracy in Iran