The Incarcerated Modern: Prisons and Public Life in Iran (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and) (Paperback)

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Iran's prison system is a foundational institution of Iranian political modernity. The Incarcerated Modern traces the transformation of Iran from a decentralized empire with few imprisoned persons at the turn of the twentieth century into a modern nation-state with over a quarter million prisoners today. In policing the line between "bad criminal" and "good citizen," the carceral system has shaped and reshaped Iranian understandings of citizenship, freedom, and political belonging.

Golnar Nikpour explores the interplay between the concrete space of the Iranian prison and the role of prisons in producing new public cultures and political languages in Iran. From prison writings of 1920s leftist prisoners and communiqu's of 1950s militant Islamists, to paintings of 1970s revolutionary guerrillas and mapping projects organized by contemporary dissident prisoners, carceral confinement has shaped modern Iranian political movements. Today, mass incarceration is a global phenomenon. The Incarcerated Modern connects Iranian history to transnational carceral histories to illuminate the shared architectures, economies, and techniques of modern punishment.

About the Author


Golnar Nikpour is Assistant Professor of History at Dartmouth College.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781503637634
ISBN-10: 1503637638
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and