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Domestic Tensions, National AnxietiesGlobal Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation$
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Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856749.001.0001

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What Kind of Crisis?

What Kind of Crisis?

Marriage and Masculinity in Contemporary Iranian Cinema

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(p.192) 10 What Kind of Crisis?
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Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties
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Amy Motlagh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856749.003.0011

Recent accounts of a “marriage crisis” in contemporary Iran attribute this phenomenon to two factors: a youth population grown beyond the control of the aging state to which it is ideologically (and in this schema, generationally) opposed, and a failing economy. While marriage is undeniably a contested institution in Iranian society today, the rhetoric of “crisis” comes from outside of Iran rather than within it. This chapter attends to concerns about the status of marriage in Iran through films produced in the past twenty years, and proposes that the symptoms external researchers identify as being related to the economy and the youth bubble in Iran are in fact the consequences of a postwar crisis of masculinity.

Keywords:   Iran, marriage, crisis, film, masculinity, youth bubble, economy

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