alexa To be recorded in history: Researching Iranian underground political activists in exile.
Social & Political Sciences

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Arts and Social Sciences Journal

Author(s): Shahidianm H

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This paper contains ethnographic reflections on my research among Iranian leftists in exile. I discuss challenges of fieldwork and in-depth interviewing about sensitive topics. I particularly emphasize the dynamics of gaining interviewees' trust in a community concerned about political ramifications of revealing personal and organizational secrets. In this respect, I underline the complications of researching and representing a defeated movement. I also write about the gender implications of my research—a male feminist researching the gender dynamics of revolution and the changing sexual politics of revolutionary collectivities in Iran and abroad. Finally, I raise issues concerning doing sociology in translation.

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This article was published in Qualitative Sociology and referenced in Arts and Social Sciences Journal

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