Driving Culture in Iran: Law and Society on the Roads of the Islamic Republic

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Iran has one of the highest rates of road traffic accidents worldwide and according to a recent UNICEF report, the current rate of road accidents in Iran is 20 times more than the world average. Using extensive interviews with a variety of Iranians from a range of backgrounds, this book explores their dangerous driving habits and the explanations for their disregard for traffic laws. It argues that Iranians’ driving behaviour is an indicator of how they have historically related to each other and to their society at large, and how they have maintained a form of social order through law, culture and religion.

It is through interviews with taxi drivers, lawyers, insurance managers and medical doctors (who study road traffic injuries) that Driving Culture in Iran is able to examine how Iranians themselves understand the problems at large in culture, society and politics. Although the interviewees start by describing how they have experienced the traffic problem, their reflections on the causes of the problem lead them to talking about other topics such as ‘the lack of a driving culture’, the role of education, the nature of an excessive sense of individualism, and their hostile attitude to the authorities, whom they often do not trust. The image of the law which emerges out of the interviews is strikingly ordinary, ostensibly secular and rooted in customary practices, rather than in the fatwas of ayatollahs or the doctrinal pronouncements of Islamic jurists. By examining these reactions to driving culture and laws, Iranian society is therefore depicted as a social space where contrasting ideologies, forms of religious and political authority and personal and collective aspirations and beliefs clash on a daily basis to uphold a form of social order. And it is argued here that this social order is maintained partly by perpetuating class and gender conflicts.


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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Juridik och samhälle


FörlagI.B. Tauris
Antal sidor304
ISBN (tryckt)9781784534486
StatusPublished - 2015 dec 20
Peer review utfördJa

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Reza Banakar & Keyvan, Z., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Lawyers in 21st Century: Vol1: National Reports. Richard, A., Hammerslev, O., Sommerlad, H. & Schultz, U. (red.). 1 uppl. Oxford: Hart Publishing Ltd, Vol. 1.

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Reza Banakar & Keyvan, Z., 2018 jun 26, I : Iranian Studies. 51, 5, s. 717-746 29 s.

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