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Claiming Space

Documenting Second-generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles

Amy Malek

In 2009–2010 I collaborated with four Iranian documentary photographers to document everyday lives of the second-generation Iranian-American community in Los Angeles (LA). This article offers an overview of that project and exhibition, along with a selection of images, and presents interview data that suggests several impacts of place and of representations of Iranians on second generation Iranian-American identity. Youth experiences of geopolitical, community and familial struggles have motivated many in this generation to re-mould the image of ‘LA Persians’ by claiming space in diaspora for themselves and their children, the growing third generation.

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A Music Room of One's Own

Discursive Constructions of Girls-only Spaces for Learning Popular Music

Cecilia Björck

This article elaborates on discursive constructions of girls-only settings through the spatial metaphor of a room of one's own, as articulated in round-table discussions among staff and participants from girl-centered music programs in Sweden. The idea of a separate room refers to spaces for collective female empowerment as well as for individual knowledge acquisition and creativity. These spaces are constructed so as to provide the possibility for exploration, subjectivity, and focus, by offering (partial and temporary) escape from competition and control, from a gendered and gendering gaze, and from distraction. Girl-centered programs are also discussed as paradoxical because they function as gender-neutral when seen from the inside, but gender-specific when seen from the outside.

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Barak Kalir

production of OOPSs on political and practical grounds? It is to these questions that I now turn. The state of (in)visibility: Claiming space and rights Setting OOPSs onto the streets without bearing responsibility for their subsistence and the potential

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Taxes for Independence

Rejecting a Fiscal Model of Reciprocity in Peri-urban Bolivia

Miranda Sheild Johansson

constantly negotiating these already claimed spaces in hopes of gaining temporary access to good selling spots. Their relationship with other vendors, who felt they were encroaching on their selling zones, was on the whole far more acrimonious than their

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Sabina Barone, Veronika Bernard, Teresa S Büchsel, Leslie Fesenmyer, Bruce Whitehouse, Petra Molnar, Bonny Astor and Olga R. Gulina

settings, writes one contributor, in which belonging is “negotiated from the ground up, through processes that are made and unmade on a daily basis in a dialectic that revolves around claiming space” (p. 198). Forging African Communities reveals how

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The Amāra on the Square

Connective Agency and the Aesthetics of the Egyptian Revolution

Ayman El-Desouky

claimed spaces. I say symbolically here because Tahrir did not stand for a new political collective into which all factions of society had to assimilate. Social, economic, political, religious, and ideological differences remained, while the performed

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Sarah Besky and Jonathan Padwe

shaping and claiming space (see Archambault 2016 ; Neves 2009 ). As Foucault (1986 ) remarked with reference to Chinese and Persian botanical design, gardens are “heterotopias,” where elements drawn from normally incompatible places or locations are