, Volume 62, Issue 1–4, pp 160–166 | Cite as

Gharbzadegi in Iran: A Reactionary Alternative to ‘Development’?

  • Aram ZiaiEmail author


Post-development theory usually engages with examples from Latin America and India and investigates alternative concepts and practices by progressive social movements. This article addresses a post-development concept which originates in Iran, Gharbzadegi or occidentosis, which after the Islamic revolution in 1979 was promoted by the anti-Western Iranian government. It argues that the instrumentalization by right-wing governments should not distract from the emancipatory potential of post-development concepts.


Post-development Iran Development theory Westernization Modernization 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany

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