Street Politics

Poor People's Movements in Iran

Asef Bayat

Columbia University Press

Street Politics

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Pub Date: November 1997

ISBN: 9780231108591

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $36.00£29.95

Street Politics

Poor People's Movements in Iran

Asef Bayat

Columbia University Press

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In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, an active political movement emerged on the streets of Iran's largest cities. Poor people began to construct their own communities on unused urban lands, creating an infrastructure––roads, electricity, running water, garbage collection, and shelters––all their own. As the Iranian government attempted to evict these illegal settlers, they resisted––fiercely and ultimately successfully. This is the story of their economic and political strategies.

About the Author

Asef Bayat is associate professor of sociology at The American University in Cairo.