Abstract

Abstract:

This article explores the diasporic subjectivities of Iranians in Malaysia, specifically how homeland and host country's national domestic policies and bilateral state relations, in addition to international politics, mold Iranians' diasporic discourses, organizations, and economics. Positioned within the broader scholarship, my ethnography in Kuala Lumpur identifies the specificity and diversity of Iranian diasporic subjects that embed three accompanying processes of (1) fragmentation along the overlapping lines of the socioeconomic, the political, the ethnic, and the gendered; (2) polarization denoting open opposition of political ideologies and allegiances, religious interpretations, as well as ethnic and gender identities; (3) and pluralization as consciousness accommodating free and equal interaction and communication among diverse groups. Exploring these processes, I argue that the Iranians who observed, discussed, and imagined their own fragmentation and polarization, also developed a pluralist consciousness informed by the host country's diverse backdrop.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1911-1568
Print ISSN
1044-2057
Pages
pp. 231-258
Launched on MUSE
2021-10-12
Open Access
No
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