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Reordering Public and Private in Iranian Cyberspace: Identity, Politics and Mobilization’
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2010 (English)In: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, ISSN 1070-289X, E-ISSN 1547-3384, Vol. 9, no 2, 219-246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The capacity of cyberspace to bypass some of the spatial divisions that underpin social inequality endows it with political significance. This article examines some of the ways in which cyberspace has contributed to redrawing the boundaries between public and private and some of the consequences of this for people, things, and ideas in Iran and the Iranian diaspora. It shows how cyberspace influences a wide range of political phenomena including political mobilization and censorship, intergenerational communication, identity formation, sexuality, sense of belonging, and forms and location of symbolic capital. The relationship between net users in the diaspora and cyberspace involves a circuit of reorderings of one's understanding of the diaspora, one's contact with it in cyberspace, of one's own ideas on the basis of what one finds there, and of social relationships established and maintained in cyberspace. Paradoxically, the very richness and diversity of the ideas and opinions found in Iranian cyberspace may undermine the idea of there actually being a single Iranian diaspora.

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2010. Vol. 9, no 2, 219-246 p.
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Cyberspace, Diaspora, Iran, Private, Public
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Social Anthropology
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82580DOI: 10.1080/10702890212204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-82580DiVA: diva2:570491
Available from: 2012-11-19 Created: 2012-11-19 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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