The vast majority of the Iranian diasporic population in Europe is concentrated in the United Kingdom, with an estimate of seventy thousand Iranian first-generation migrants (CT0723_2011 Census n.d.).1 Learning a new culture but not losing one’s own has always been a challenge among Iranians. This article offers a comparative analysis of two studies examining Iranian first-generation migrants’ understandings of power, belonging, and respectability in the diaspora. It provides important insights into how Iranian migrants in the United Kingdom differently conceptualize these notions at the intersection of class, gender, and race. The first study, by Mastoureh Fathi (2017), explores the intersectional experiences of Iranian migrant women living in the United Kingdom. The second study, conducted in my PhD dissertation, examines Iranian men’s different perceptions of sexual violence, also in the United Kingdom. The first study focuses on how gendered identities are performed within different classes. The second study...
Power, Belonging, and Respectability: Classed, Gendered, and Racial Selves among Iranian Migrants in the United Kingdom
ATLAS TORBATI is a lecturer in the master of arts program Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse at Goldsmiths University of London. In 2019 she completed her PhD at the University of Bristol, where she explored Iranian men’s perceptions of sexual violence in the diaspora and has contributed to various projects at the university’s Centre for Gender and Violence Research. Contact: email@example.com.
Atlas Torbati; Power, Belonging, and Respectability: Classed, Gendered, and Racial Selves among Iranian Migrants in the United Kingdom. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 July 2022; 18 (2): 311–319. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-9767982
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