Gharbzadegi in Iran: A Reactionary Alternative To ‘Development’? – Development – article

Gharbzadegi in Iran: A Reactionary Alternative To ‘Development’?

Aram Ziai | Development

2019-10-22

Post-development theory usually engages with examples from Latin America and India and investigates alternative concepts and practices by progressive social movements. This article addresses a post-development concept which originates in Iran, Gharbzadegi or occidentosis, which after the Islamic revolution in 1979 was promoted by the anti-Western Iranian government. It argues that the instrumentalization by right-wing governments should not distract from the emancipatory potential of post-development concepts.

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