The Unit for Global Justice presents this research seminar from Dr Tara Povey
In this talk, Tara Povey investigates the interconnections between neo-liberal reforms and the international sanctions regime in Iran and their consequences.
Tara argues that within the country, economic liberalisation has been framed by political elites as an essential part of the ‘opening up’ of Iran and the rationalisation of its economy and political system to bring it in line with other successful international economies.
At the same time, Iran is under a sanctions regime which over the last decade has had a profoundly dislocating impact on the economy and led to great hardship for the majority of the population.
Tara uses interviews and socioeconomic data in order to demonstrate that these two factors have contributed to a contraction of economic and political rights within the country. Finally, she analyses the ways in which challenges to neoliberal hegemony in Iran relate to revolutionary narratives and the identity and legitimacy of the republic.
Tara Povey is a lecturer in Post-colonial and Global History in the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London. She specialises in the history and politics of the modern Middle East and her research focuses on the dynamics of social movements, neoliberalism, gender and political movements in the region. She is the author of Social Movements in Egypt and Iran (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and the co-editor of Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran (Routledge, 2012).
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