The Ethos of Progress in a Village in Iran

in Anthropology of the Middle East
View More View Less
  • 1 Western Michigan University
Restricted access

The case of a remote tribal village in southwest Iran demonstrates the circumstances conducive to positive rural development. My research suggests that since the founding of this village around 1880, its people - led by a progressive, literate young chief - successfully defended their realm against incorporation into the neighbouring chiefs' reigns of lawlessness and warfare; introduced and modernised irrigation agriculture and fruit cultivation then unique in the whole region; and embraced formal education. Discussing such adaptive strategies, I argue that a strong ethos of progress and achievement, including civic awareness, motivated local people from the beginning to pursue new ways to improve their livelihood.


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 56 52 3
Full Text Views 4 1 0
PDF Downloads 9 1 0