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Class and Labor in Iran
Did the Revolution Matter?

Farhad Nomani and Sohrab Behdad

Cloth $49.95L    |    0-8156-3070-0    |    2006

Paper $24.95s    |    0-8156-3094-8    |    2006

A probing and richly detailed examination of the effects of revolution, Islamic populism, protracted war, and economic crisis on the class nature of the workforce in Iran.

Cecil B. Currey ATWS Book-Length Publications Award winner for 2007

"Their analysis offers invaluable insight in the power games of theocracy...the (book) is admirable and direly needed."
Journal of International Affairs

"This book makes an important and timely contribution to our understanding of internal dynamics of Iran’s society...The book’s greatest merit lies in its empirical approach to the study of class and labor."
The Middle East Journal

"An important contribution to understanding the impact of revolutions on social structure. It is immensely readable, captivating, and thought provoking. It is a must for sociologists interested in larger-scale social transformations."
Social Forces

"There are surprisingly few books, on any society, which attempt to do what this book does: chart the trajectory of changes in class structures over time. I think that the book will, therefore, be potentially of interest not just to specialists but to sociologists interested in social stratification and social change..."
Erik Olin Wright, author of Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis

"The authors are prominent scholars in the field. . . . [This book] embodies new insights on the subject, encompasses a thorough and detailed examination of the data, and the analysis is carried to a new and higher stage of conceptualization and maturity."
dashFatemeh E. Moghadam, Hofstra University

In the past twenty-five years Iran has experienced a revolution and a turbulent post revolutionary period under an Islamic state that declared itself the government of the oppressed while it struggled to establish a utopian Islamic economy. In this pioneering work Farhad Nomani and Sohrab Behdad provide a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics of change and class configuration in Iranian society. Using a theoretical framework, they map the trajectory of class changes over time, specifically noting the movements between pre revolutionary and post revolutionary Iran. A centerpiece of the book is its analysis of the changes in the pattern of employment of women in the post revolutionary period.

Despite its conceptual and quantitative approach, the book is written in a clear and lucid style, making it accessible to a wide audience. The authors provide a fresh look into Iranian society by exploring the changes in its essential underlying economic structure, and in doing so, the book lays the foundation for comparative studies of social hierarchy of labor in other Middle Eastern countries.

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Farhad Nomani is professor and cochair of the Department of Economics at the American University of Paris. He is the coeditor of Islam and Public Policy and coauthor of Islamic Economic Systems.

Sohrab Behdad is professor and John E. Harris Chair in Economics, Denison University. He is the coeditor of Islam and Public Policy. He has published numerous articles on the postrevolutionary economy of Iran and Islamic economics.

6 1/8 x 9 1/4, 376 pages, notes, bibliography, index, 37 tables, 13 figures

Class and Labor in Iran

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