Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity

I found this reading very confusing and had a hard time keeping all the names straight. I found something that seemed to contradict itself though. On page 131 it says “although prayer and other religious obligations and bodily practices need not be intentionally political and may be mobile, in seeking to counter alternative implications of perfomativity.” Then a few lines later it says “when those bodily practices are already intentially political, the stakes for the State may be considerably greater..” in just confused as to whether it was or wasn’t intentional. From that first quote I mentioned I took it to mean that basically their trilogies practices are lot meant to be political but the sates turn it to be political. On page 145 it says “he also suggests that resistance is implicit in all power relations and thus allows the possibility of change.” I think that statement can be applied to many different situations and cultures. I even see that in the US. Especially when it comes to politics, how people feel they deserve a voice and if they don’t agree with something. When there’s power given to certain people there’s automatically going to be resistance and the desire for change.” 

Hannah VanDyke, Hope College 2017


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