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‘The Importance of being Civil Society’: Student Politics and the Reformist Movement in Khatami's Iran

Rivetti, Paola orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-1794-0504 and Cavatorta, Francesco orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2249-1392 (2013) ‘The Importance of being Civil Society’: Student Politics and the Reformist Movement in Khatami's Iran. Middle Eastern Studies, 49 (4). pp. 645-660. ISSN 0026-3206

Through a non-conventional understanding of civil society activism, the article provides an explanation of the relationship between the student movement and Khatami’s governments in Iran. This study approaches ‘civil society’ as a space where we may observe the dynamics and the exercise of power. The case study of the interactions between the Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat and Khatami’s governments illustrates how civil society is not a fixed concept, but a contested one. By analysing the conflicts and interactions between these two actors, the article examines the continuous negotiations that reinvent the meaning of civil society and produce political inclusion or exclusion.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Civil society; Khatami; Iran; democratization; reformism
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2013.798311
Copyright Information:© 2013 Taylor & Francis
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Research Council, Gerda Henkel Foundation
ID Code:23167
Deposited On:11 Apr 2019 09:14 by Paola Rivetti . Last Modified 23 Mar 2023 14:36

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